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Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai repeats as New York Marathon champion

Nov. 3, 2013 at 1:19 PM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Geoffrey Mutai won his second straight men's crown at the New York City Marathon Sunday while fellow Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo claimed the women's title.

Mutai also won the 2011 championship, making him the first to win back-to-back New York Marathon titles since John Kagwe of Kenya turned the trick in 1997-98.

Last year's marathon was canceled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Mutai finished first in a field of more than 45,000 runners, clocking in with a winning time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 24 seconds. Cold and windy conditions prevented him from bettering his 2011 time of 2:05:06.

He was an easy winner, finishing 52 seconds ahead of Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede.

Jeptoo, meanwhile, recorded a time of 2:25:07. Coming off an April win at the London Marathon, she passed then-leader Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia with about 2 miles remaining and went on to the victory.

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