Kenyans Jeptoo and Mutai win New York City marathon

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Priscah Jeptoo, pictured here running in the Boston Marathon, won the New York City Marathon on Sunday. Photo by Flickr user BU Interactive News.

Two Kenyans won the New York City marathon on Sunday, with Priscah Jeptoo finishing first in the women’s race with a time of 2:25:07 and Geoffrey Mutai placing first for the men in 2:08:24.

Jeptoo trailed Ethiopian runner Buzunesh Deba for most of the race but passed her as the race entered Manhattan.

Deba, who lives in the Bronx, was the second-place finisher in 2011, the last time the New York City Marathon was run. It was cancelled last year due to Hurricane Sandy.

American Tatyana McFadden won the women’s wheelchair race while Switzerland’s Marcel Hug won the men’s.

This year’s race was marked by a heavy presence of bomb-sniffing dogs and police checkpoints near the Central Park finish line, as race security was beefed up in response to April’s bombing at the Boston Marathon. The New York Road Runners spent $1 million on security, twice their usual budget.

 

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