Monday, November 7, 2011
By: Mshale Staff
Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya won the New York marathon on Sunday with a time of 2 hours 5 minutes 6 seconds smashing the old record of 2:07:43, set by Tesfaye Jifar of Ethiopia in 2001. A record 47,438 competitors participated in this year’s marathon according to race officials.
Fellow Kenyan, Emmanuel Mutai, came in second with 2:06:28 while Tsegaye Kebede, 24, of Ethiopia finished third with a time of 2:07:14.
His win comes in the heels of his Boston marathon win course record in a world-best time of 2:03:02 but which ultimately World Federation officials said did not qualify for a world record because of the course elevation in Boston.
He was quoted at the end of the race yesterday saying вЂњI am happy now because even although it was not recognized (Boston record), IвЂ™m happy to be at that level,вЂќ he said.
Geoffrey Mutai’s margin of victory (1:22.31) was the largest in the marathon’s history since 1992. For his win, he took home a total of US$200,000 which includes a $70,000 bonus for setting a new course record.
The womenвЂ™s race was won by Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia with a time of 2:23: 15 taking home a total of US$ 170,000 which included a $40,000 time bonus. Coming in second was fellow Ethiopian Buzunesh Deba at 2:23:19. Kenyan Mary Keitany, who led for most of the race but was overtaken by the two, came in third at 2:23:38.