New York Marathon Results 2013: Breaking Down Performance of Winners

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New York Marathon Results 2013: Breaking Down Performance of Winners
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It was a Kenyan sweep at the 2013 New York City Marathon on Sunday morning. Geoffrey Mutai and Priscah Jeptoo brought home the men's and women's titles, respectively for their country. The two winners won by a sizable margin over their closest competitors, but each took different routes to their victories.

Mutai Easily Defends His Title

With the 2012 version of the race cancelled due to Superstorm Sandy, this was the first NYC Marathon in two years. Mutai set a course record in 2011 with a win and defended his title on Sunday.

His time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 24 seconds didn't seriously challenge his record pace of 2:05:06 from 2011, but it was more than enough to blow away the competition on Sunday. Mutai pulled away from Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede near the 22nd mile and ultimately bested him by 52 seconds.

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At the outset of the race, Mutai was content to remain in the large pack of runners that was 14 deep for a good portion of the early action. As the distance piled on, the pretenders began to fall off the pace. It looked for awhile as if Kebede would give the defending champion a run for his money into the final paces.

However, Mutai proved to be the fleetest of foot in the end. Neither man looked terribly fatigued when the race concluded, but Mutai's ability to maintain such a high speed late in the race was the difference. 

He pocketed a handsome $500,000 for his efforts, per Rachel Cohen of the Associated Press via The New York Times. Without a doubt, Mutai has to be considered the premier marathoner in the world today. This win gives him his fourth victory in a full marathon over the last two years.

Here are the final results, per the race's official website.

Men's 2013 New York City Marathon Results
Place Name Time Country
1 Geoffrey Mutai 02:08:24 Kenya
2 Tsegaye Kebede 02:09:16 Ethiopia
3 Lusapho April 02:09:45 South Africa
4 Julius Arile 02:10:03 Kenya
5 Stanley Biwott 02:10:41 Kenya
6 Masato Imai 02:10:45 Japan
7 Jackson Kiprop 02:10:56 Uganda
8 Peter Cheruiyot Kirui 02:11:23 Kenya
9 Wesley Korir 02:11:34 Kenya
10 Daniele Meucci 02:12:03 Italy

Priscah Jeptoo Proves Substance is More Important than Style

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Jeptoo's style won't appear on any long-distance running tutorial videos, but when you win, that's all that matters. Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia sported much more picturesque form, but she couldn't hold Jeptoo off. The winner's final time was 2:25:07.

The Kenyan woman used her long strides and faster pace to blow by a fading Deba late. The latter had led the majority of the race. Her lead was more than three minutes at the halfway point.

Jeptoo began to seriously close ground once the race hit Manhattan and passed Deba with a little over two miles remaining. From there she would coast.

It was apparent Deba was out of steam and she didn't have the juice to fight back. She was resigned to settling for second place as she looked behind her to check for a potential third-place contender when Jeptoo passed her.

Jeptoo had finished second in the marathon event at the 2012 London Olympics, so without a doubt it was special to finish first in this one. This was her first win in a major marathon.

Here are the final results, per the race's official website.

Women's 2013 New York City Marathon Results
Place Name Time State Country Citizenship
1 Priscah Jeptoo 02:25:07 Kenya KEN
2 Buzunesh Deba 02:25:56 NY United States ETH
3 Jelena Prokopcuka 02:27:47 Latvia LAT
4 Christelle Daunay 02:28:14 France FRA
5 Valeria Straneo 02:28:22 Italy ITA
6 Kim Smith 02:28:49 RI United States NZL
7 Sabrina Mockenhaupt 02:29:10 Germany GER
8 Tigist Tufa Demisse 02:29:24 NY United States ETH
9 Edna Kiplagat 02:30:04 Kenya KEN
10 Diane Nukuri-Johnson 02:30:09 IA United States BDI

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