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Kenyan Runners Win New York City Marathon

Kenyan runners won both the men's and women's divisions of Sunday's New York City Marathon, which returned after a one-year absence with heightened security, including bomb-sniffing dogs.

The 2012 race was cancelled because of the destruction by Superstorm Sandy, and this was the largest U.S. marathon since the fatal bombings at the Boston Marathon last April.

Nearly 50,000 runners from about 115 nations took part, and New York race fans packed the 42-kilometer (26.2-mile) course.

Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai successfully defended his title in windy conditions, crossing the finish line in two hours, 8 minutes and 24 seconds. That was 52 seconds ahead of runner-up Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia. South African Lusapho April was third.

The women's division was won by 2012 Olympic silver medalist Priscah Jeptoo (2:25:07).



Mutai is the first man to get a repeat win in New York since fellow-Kenyan John Kagwe in 1997-98.

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