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article imageKenyans Mutai and Jeptoo win New York Marathon

By Yukio Strachan     Nov 4, 2013 in Sports
New York - After a one-year absence due to Superstorm Sandy, Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai successfully defended his New York City Marathon title Sunday and fellow Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo came from behind to win the women's race.
According to the New York Times, at around Mile 24, Jeptoo, 29, overcame Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia, who had dominated most of the race. Jeptoo’s victory, in 2 hours 25 minutes 7 seconds, came with $600,000 in prizes for winning the race and the world majors title.
“The crowd, they really helped me a lot because they were cheering, joyful, and also they were helping me, telling me, ‘You are closing the gap,’ ” Jeptoo said. “ ‘Go, go, go, move.’ So they helped me a lot.”
Fans packed the 26.2-mile course, undaunted by the events of the past year. The 2012 NYC Marathon was canceled because of the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, CBS reported.
Security was heightened after the bombings at April's Boston Marathon. Bomb-sniffing dogs roamed the course, and barricades limited access points to Central Park.
As for the defending champion, Mutai pulled away around Mile 22 and beat Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede by 52 seconds.
According to the Associated Press, Mutai had an unofficial time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 24 seconds. Mutai set the course record in 2011 finishing the race in 2:05:06.
“To win this course or to repeat here again twice, it’s not easy,” Mutai said Sunday after the race becoming the first man to retain his title since countryman John Kagwe in 1998, The Boston Globe writes. “For me, it’s a glory.”
Kenya took home two victories at the ING New York City Marathon as Geoffrey Mutai successfully defen...
Kenya took home two victories at the ING New York City Marathon as Geoffrey Mutai successfully defended his New York City Marathon title. Priscah Jeptoo rallied to win the women's race
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