Mutai sets new record at New York marathon

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Mutai sets new record at New York marathon

NEW YORK - Geoffrey Mutai shattered the course record in the New York City Marathon on Sunday, which came as little surprise after he ran the fastest marathon ever earlier this year.

Firehiwot Dado wasn’t a favorite coming into the women’s race and victory seemed impossible with even a few miles left. But the Ethiopian made a stunning comeback for her first major marathon title.

Mutai finished in 2 hours 5 minutes 6 seconds, crushing the previous mark of 2:07:43 set by Tesfaye Jifar of Ethiopia a decade earlier.

The 30-year-old has established himself as the favorite at next summer’s Olympics after two landmark performances this year.

In April, he ran the fastest 26.2 miles in history: 2:03:02 in Boston. It didn’t count as a world record because the course is considered too straight and too downhill.

The second- and third-place finishers Sunday also broke the old course record. Fellow Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai (no relation), the London Marathon champ, was 1:22 back. Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia was third.

In the women’s race, Dado trailed London Marathon champ Mary Keitany by nearly two minutes at the 15-mile mark but passed her with about a mile left. The 27-year-old Dado won in 2:23:15 - almost a minute better than her previous personal best.

It was the second-closest women’s finish in the race’s history.


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