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Sunday, November 06, 2011 - 11:03 AM
Geoffrey Mutai shattered the course record in the New York City Marathon on Sunday, no surprise after he ran the fastest marathon ever earlier this year.
Firehiwot Dado wasn't a favorite coming into the women's race and victory seemed impossible with even a few miles left. But the Ethiopian made a stunning comeback for her first major marathon title
Mutai finished in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 6 seconds, crushing the previous mark of 2:07:43 set by Tesfaye Jifar of Ethiopia a decade earlier.
The 30-year-old has established himself as the favorite at next summer's Olympics after two landmark performances this year - if he even earns a spot on the Kenyan team, the country so deep in the marathon.
In April, Mutai ran the fastest 26.2 miles in history: 2:03:02 in Boston. It didn't count as a world record because the course is considered too straight and too downhill.
A record 47,107 runners started the race through the five boroughs.
With the Associated Press
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