Africans came 1st in both the men’s and women’s New York City Marathon yesterday.Geoffrey Mutai became the first person to run record times to win both the Boston and New York marathons in the same year.
The 30-year-old Kenyan yesterday completed the 26.2 mile (42.2 kilometer) New York City Marathon in two hours, five minutes, six seconds, to carve 2:37 off the course record set by Tesfaye Jifar of Ethiopia in 2001.
“When I am running, I run with no fear,” Mutai said. “I was not expecting to win with that time.”
In April, Mutai ran the fastest time ever to win the 115th Boston Marathon in 2:03:02, besting Haile Gebrselassie’s run of 2:03:59 in Berlin in 2008. It doesn’t qualify as a world record because the Boston course is considered too straight and has too many downhill sections.
Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia was the fastest woman through the five boroughs of New York. The 27-year-old won in 2:23:15 in her debut at the event. Bronx resident Buzunesh Deba, 23, also of Ethiopia, was second, four seconds behind Dado. Mary Keitany of Kenya followed in third, a further 20 seconds back.
Mutai and Dado each received $130,000 of the $600,000 prize money, with the second-place finishers getting $65,000 and those coming in third winning $40,000. Mutai also collected a $70,000 bonus for finishing in less than 2:07:30.AWESOME!!!