Mutai Shatters NYC Marathon Record

Kenyan does unthinkable in New York


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Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai won the New York City Marathon on Sunday in 2:05:06, breaking the race’s course record by more than two minutes and becoming only the second man in ten years to win both the Boston and New York City marathons in the same year. Mutai, who ran a “world’s best” 2:03:02 in Boston in April, is the latest Kenyan man to break a course record at one of the World Marathon Majors races, the five most important non-championship marathons in the world. In 2011, all five events have seen course records fall, in some cases by large margins, an occurrence unprecedented in the history of the sport. Mutai was followed across the finish line by fellow Kenyan Emanual Mutai, who broke the course record at the London Marathon in April, and Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede, both of whom dipped under Tesfaye Jifar’s 2001 course record of 2:07:43. Ethiopia’s Firehiwot Dado was a surprise winner in the women’s race in 2:23:15.

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