The men's NYC Marathon course record has fallen, as Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya won the men's race in 2:05:06. Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia won the women's race in 2:23:15, and her countrywoman Buzunesh Deba, who trains in the Bronx, finished in 2:23:18. Mary Keitany, who had led for much of the women's race, placed third at 2:23:38. The other top men's runners were Kenya's Emmanuel Mutai, the London Marathon champ, in second place with 2:06:28, and Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede at 2:07:13.
The NY Times points out, "Emmanuel Mutai’s [second place] finish was good enough to win him the $500,000 World Marathon Majors title for cumulative results in the major races over the past two years." Also, with 47,107 entrants, this is the biggest NYC Marathon ever.
Deba, the women's second place finisher, made her move on her home turf, the Bronx, and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said, "I know I speak for all 1.4 million residents of the Bronx when I congratulate one of our own, Buzunesh Deba, on her strong performance in the ING New York City Marathon, where she finished in second place among the female competitors by just four seconds. Ms. Deba is among the best athletes in the world, and her incredible performance today makes that clear to all. She is a great ambassador for our borough, and today she has made myself and all of her fellow Bronxites proud."
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Update: The winners of the wheelchair division are Masazumi Soejima of Japan and Amanda McGrory from the U.S. Here's what the NY Road Runners say about today's winners:
New York, November 6, 2011—Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya and Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia won the ING New York City Marathon 2011 titles today in perfect marathon weather. Amanda McGrory of the USA reprised her 2006 women's wheelchair win, and Masazumi Soejima became the first Japanese winner in any division of the marathon by winning the men's wheelchair race in 1:31:41. Mutai, also the reigning Boston Marathon champion, ran 2:05:06 to slice an incredible 2 minutes and 37 seconds off the old course record, set by Ethiopia's Tesfaye Jifar in 2001. McGrory's 1:50:24 also shattered the course record of 1:52:38, which Edith Wolf-Hunkeler set in 2007.
Dado and New York-resident Ethiopian Buzunesh Deba passed Kenya's Mary Keitany at the 24-mile mark after Keitany had gone out in a brave but self-destructive 1:07:56 first half--pace for a sub-2:17 marathon. Dado won in 2:23:15; Deba finished second, only four seconds back, and Keitany hung on for third, the same place she took last year. The quality of the men's field was illustrated by the finish of 2009 champion Meb Keflezighi of the USA, who ran a personal-best 2:09:13--two seconds faster than his winning time two years ago--and finished sixth, more than four minutes behind Geoffrey Mutai. Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya (no relation) finished second and secured the 2010-2011 World Marathon Majors title (Russia's Liliya Shobukhova had already clinched the women's title), worth $500,000; Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia was third. Their times of 2:06:28 and 2:07:14 were also comfortably under the old course record.
The Times' says that Soejima was raising money for Japanese children affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami: "'I have been thinking of what I can do to cheer Japan up,' he said after winning his first New York Marathon on his fifth try. 'I made a promise that I would win this year, and I'm happy I could.' As inspiration, Soejima carried with him a flag signed by many children from Tohoku that said 'Definitely Win!' 'I matched the energy of the fans this year,' he said of his victory."