3 of 6 London Olympic Marathon Medalists to Run NYC

By David Monti
(c) 2012 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved
(used with permission)

NEW YORK (18-Sep) -- Three of the six London Olympic Marathon medalists will compete at the
ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 4, organizers announced here today. Tiki
Gelana (gold medal), Tatyana Arkhipova (bronze) and Wilson Kipsang (bronze) will be joined
by reigning world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat, reigning Bank of America Chicago Marathon
 champion Moses Mosop, reigning Boston Marathon champion Sharon Cherop, and reigning ING New
 York City Marathon champion Firehiwot Dado in one of the event's strongest-ever elite

The Road Runners also said that 2010 New York champion Gebre Gebremariam would also be in
the field.

"We have a star-studded field for the 2012 ING New York City Marathon headlined by a
remarkable roster of World Marathon Major champions," said race director Mary Wittenberg,
 the president and CEO of New York Road Runners, through a press release. "It will be a race
 of strategy and intrigue as Edna Kiplagat and Sharon Cherop go for the New York title while
running a race within the race for greatest women's marathon of this WMM Series."

Kiplagat and Cherop will be battling for the $500,000 World Marathons Majors 2011/2012
points title which will be decided in New York. Reigning Virgin London Marathon champion
Mary Keitany --who had planned to run New York but withdrew only yesterday with a leg
injury-- is leading the points chase with 65 points, while Kiplagat is in second with 50
and Cherop in third with 45. Since the race winner will garner 25 points, a victory by
either Kiplagat or Cherop in New York will guarantee her the points title and half a million

Kiplagat, who was amongst the leaders in the Olympic Marathon but faded badly late in the
race to finish 20th, is very motivated to compete, she said. Her fitness is excellent: she
 just set a personal best 1:07:41 at the Great North Run half-marathon in Newcastle last

"I've always loved running on the streets of New York, so I was really disappointed last
year to miss the ING New York City Marathon because of the knee injury from my terrible fall
 at the World Championships," said Kiplagat through a statement provided by the New York
Road Runners. "I am, of course, very, very happy to be invited back to NYC this year, and
will be doing my best to try to win the race again."

Meanwhile, in Milan, Italy, today, organizers also announced that Italian record holder
Valeria Straneo would make her New York debut. Straneo finished eighth in the Olympic

"My goal is to get among the top five," Straneo told reporters at a press conference today.
"I always hoped to do New York."

The ING New York City Marathon is the world's largest. Last year, organizers recorded
46,795 finishers, the largest marathon ever.

NOTE: Race Results Weekly provides professional athletes consulting for the ING New York
City Marathon --Ed.

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