New York Marathon Results 2013: Breaking Down Performance of Winners

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03:  Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya celebrates after he won the 2013 ING New York City Marathon on November 3, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIINovember 4, 2013

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.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03:  Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya runs the ING New York City Marathon on November 3, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
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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
1Geoffrey Mutai02:08:24Kenya
2Tsegaye Kebede02:09:16Ethiopia
3Lusapho April02:09:45South Africa
4Julius Arile02:10:03Kenya
5Stanley Biwott02:10:41Kenya
6Masato Imai02:10:45Japan
7Jackson Kiprop02:10:56Uganda
8Peter Cheruiyot Kirui02:11:23Kenya
9Wesley Korir02:11:34Kenya
10Daniele Meucci02:12:03Italy


Priscah Jeptoo Proves Substance is More Important than Style

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03:  Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya crosses the finish line in Central Park to win the 2013 ING New York City Marathon on November 3, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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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
1Priscah Jeptoo02:25:07KenyaKEN
2Buzunesh Deba02:25:56NYUnited StatesETH
3Jelena Prokopcuka02:27:47LatviaLAT
4Christelle Daunay02:28:14FranceFRA
5Valeria Straneo02:28:22ItalyITA
6Kim Smith02:28:49RIUnited StatesNZL
7Sabrina Mockenhaupt02:29:10GermanyGER
8Tigist Tufa Demisse02:29:24NYUnited StatesETH
9Edna Kiplagat02:30:04KenyaKEN
10Diane Nukuri-Johnson02:30:09IAUnited StatesBDI


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