Nairobi — GEOFFREY Mutai has reclaimed his New York City Marathon title when he beat a cluster of other world athletes to win the Big Apple prize in this tightly contested race on Sunday.
As that was not enough, another Kenyan, Priscah Jeptoo won the female race to complete a gold double for the east African nation's dominance in the global affairs.
Mutai, who last won this New York race in 2011 was followed behind by Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebedein in 2hrs 8mins, 24secs, 52 seconds while Jeptoo won the female race in 2:25.07 seconds to lift high the Kenyan flag.
Mutai could not hide his excitement upon clinching the race title when he said: "I feel good for this win. It was a very tough race. To win a race for the first time is easy. To defend your title is not easy. It was a tough win out there."
On the other hand, Jeptoo, who is the defending champion in the London women race title maintained her status when she won without any threats from the onset.
From southern Africa, Lusapho April of South Africa came third in this fierce race as he gave the east Africans sweat for their victory.
Both men and women races were dominated by athletes from east Africa, mainly Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.
Full results below:
1. Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya) 2:08:24 2. Tsegaye Kebede (Ethiopia) 2:09:16 3. Lusapho April (South Africa) 2:09:45 4. Julius Arile Lomerinyang (Kenya) 2:10:03 5. Stanley Biwott (Kenya) 2:10:41 6. Masato Imai (Japan) 2:10:45 7. Jackson Kiprop (Uganda) 2:10:56 8. Peter Cheruiyot Kirui (Kenya) 2:11:23 9. Wesley Korir (Kenya) 2:11:34 10. Daniele Meucci (Italy) 2:12:03
1. Priscah Jeptoo (Kenya) 2:25:07 2. Buzunesh Deba (Ethiopia) 2:25:56 3. Jelena Prokopcuka (Latvia) 2:27:47 4. Christelle Daunay (France) 2:28:14 5. Valeria Straneo (Italy) 2:28:22 6. Kimberley Smith (New Zealand) 2:28:49 7. Sabrina Mockenhaupt (Germany) 2:29:10 8. Tigist Tufa Demisse (Ethiopia) 2:29:24 9. Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat (Kenya) 2:30:04 10. Diane Nukuri (Burundi) 2:30:09 - CAJ News