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Kenyan Wins NYC Marathon Men's Race


Geoffrey Mutai, of Kenya, holds his trophy after winning the men's division of the New York City Marathon in New York, November 6, 2011.

Geoffrey Mutai, of Kenya, holds his trophy after winning the men's division of the New York City Marathon in New York, November 6, 2011.

Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya has won the New York City marathon men's race setting a new course record.

Mutai finished the race in a record two hours, five minutes and six seconds smashing the previous record of Ethiopia's Tesfaye Jifar set ten years earlier. Fellow Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai came in one minute and 22 seconds later. Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia was third.

Earlier this year, Geoffrey Mutai made history after running the fastest marathon time ever recorded to win the Boston Marathon men's race. The win, however, is not recognized as a world record due to course issues.

In the women’s division, Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia came in first with a time of two hours 23 minutes and 15 seconds. She was followed just four seconds later by Ethiopian born Buzunesh Deba and Kenyan Mary Keitany, who many projected to win.

Some 45,000 runners participated in the 42-kilometer race through the five boroughs of New York.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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