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Auspicious Debuts in ING NYC Marathon






Beach to Beacon and Falmouth winner Gebre Gebrmarian broke
away in the 25th mile f the ING New York City Marathon to add a 5th
major win to his scintillating 2010 campaign. The 2009 World Cross Country
champion logged 2:08:14 to win by over a minute.

 

The shocker in the race: Haile Gebreselassie dropped out at
15 miles with a knee ailment and in a tearful moment at the post-race press
conference, the 27-time world record setter announced he was retiring from the
sport. This may have been emotion, but the coming weeks should tell if the
Ethiopian superstar is serious.

 

The women’s race was a nail biter into the final miles with
three women running abreast approaching Central Park‰ÛÓ2010 LA Marathon winner
Edna Kiplagat, world half marathon champion Mary Keitany and debut marathoner
Shalane Flanagan.

 

Kiplagat’s tunover in the final mile was the strongest as
she opened up a decent gap with Flanagan momentarily dropping behind Keitany.
Kiplagat would win in 2:28:20 but the race for silver wasn’t over.

 

“All it takes is a few steps to get ahead of someone at the
finish so I knew if I kept contact that second was possible,” said Flanagan,
who put Keitany in the rearview to take second by a margin of 21 seconds in
2:28:40.

 

Despite a pit stop on the Queensboro Bridge at mile 16, RI’s
Kim Smith was able to bridge back up to the lead pack within a mile and would
place 5th in 2:29:28.

 
 
Defending champion Meb Keflezighi finished 6th in 2:11:38
and The Ritz had to be disappointed with his time of 2:12:33 for 8th. Before
the race, Alberto Salazar stated that Ritzenhein was in better shape than
Salazar was when he first won NY in 2:09 and change.

 

Regionally, the NYAC’s Kathy Newbury captured the Olympic
Trials ‰Û¢A’ qualifier in 2:35:23 while Jeannette Faber led the New England
contingent in a PR 2:39:41 one month after winning the ING Hartford Marathon in
a PR 2:41:02.

 

The weather at the race start was colder than usual, in the
low 40s with a breeze.

 

MEN

 

1. Gebre Gebrmarian, ETH, 2:08:14

2. Emmanuel Mutai, KEN, 2:09:18

3. Moses Kigen, KEN, 2:10:39

4. Abderrahim Goumri, MAR, 2:10:51

5. James Kwambai, KEN, 2:11:31

6. Meb Keflezighi, CA 2:11:38

7. Marilson Dos Santos, BRA, 2:11:51

8. Dathan Ritzenhein, OR, 2:12:33

9. Abel Kirui, KEN, 2:13:01

10. Abderrahime Bouramdane, MAR, 2:14:07

11. Jorge Torres, CA, 2:14:57

13. Tim Nelson, US, 2:15:06

17. Matt Downin, (NH), 2:20:41

22. Mike Cassidy, NY, Gr. NY TC, 2:24:05

33. Chris Pannone, NY, NYAC, 2:28:10

38. Mark Olivier, CT, 2:28:55

 

WOMEN

 

1. Edna Kiplagat, KEN, 2:28:20

2. Shalane Flanagan, OR, 2:28:40

3. Mary Keitany, KEN, 2:29:01

4. Inga Abitova, RUS, 2:29:17

5. Kim Smith, NZL-RI, 2:29:28

6. Christelle Daunay, FRA, 2:29:29

7. Ludmila Petrova, RUS, 2:29:41

8. Caroline Rotich, KEN, 2:29:46

9. Madai Perez, MEX, 2:29:53

10. Buzenesh Deba, ETH, 2:29:55

11. Katie MacGregor, MN, 2:31:01

17. Kathy Newbury, VA-NYAC, 2:35:23

24. Jeannette Faber, MA-BAA, 2:39:41

25. Sheri Piers, ME-Dirigo RC, 2:40:35

29. Kristen Barry, ME-Dirigo RC, 2:42:01

32. Heidi Westover, NH-Mizuno, 2:43:44

41. Stephanie Lenihan, NY-NYAC, 2:50:50

48. Katy Hatch, BAA, 2:53:39

112. Sharon Vos, 56, CT, 3:09:24

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