Special to USAfricaonline.com
Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia has won, a few minutes ago, the 2010 New York City Marathon, Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat won the women’s race this same November 7 Sunday. It is the first major marathon championships for both of them. Gebre made it in an unofficial time of 2:08:14. Translates roughly to an average pace of 4:53 per mile, across 26.2 miles.
The previous speed record was held by Rodgers Rop for 2:08:07 in 2002.
Kenya’s Emmanuel Mutai, the 2010 London Marathon runner-up, finished second, in 2:09:17.
Another African, Kigen Kipkosgei of Kenya followed in third place, with a time of 2:10:39.
Shalane Flanagan of the United States and also the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in the 10,000 meters came in 2nd in the women’s marathon debut. It was her debut event.
By Chido Nwangwu, USAfricaonline.com and newswire
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