2013 New York Marathon results brought familiar faces to the winner’s circle.
Geoffrey Mutai and Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya dashed across the finish line first in their respective men’s and women’s races on Sunday in New York City. Here is a breakdown of their and another top runner’s performances.
Geoffrey Mutai, Kenya
Will Mutai retire as the greatest New York Marathoner ever?
Mutai entered the conversation of greatest men’s New York Marathon runners of all time with his triumph. He also won the last running of the race in 2011 (Hurricane Sandy prevented it from happening in 2012). Mutai joins eight others who have won the race on multiple occasions.
What Mutai has going for him in this conversation is the fact that he holds the course record, 2:05:06, from his 2011 performance. The 32-year-old still needs at least another win to be worthy of the “greatest” title. Bill Rodgers of the United States won four straight New York Marathons from 1976 to 1979, even if his best was several minutes slower than Mutai's.
Priscah Jeptoo, Kenya
Unlike Mutai, Jeptoo won her first New York Marathon this Sunday, but she has more Olympic success than her fellow Kenyan. She took home the silver medal at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, losing by just five seconds. Jeptoo also won silver at the 2011 World Championships.
Her Olympic time, 2:23:12, was almost two minutes faster than her New York Marathon finish, 02:25:07, but she still beat her closest competitor on Sunday by 49 seconds according to ingnycmarathon.org.
Tsegaye Kebede, Ethiopia
Mutai didn’t blow by easy competition to win the 2013 New York Marathon. Kebede, who finished in second, is no joke.
The Ethiopian is an extremely accomplished runner, having won the London Marathon just this year, his second time doing so. He also won last year’s Chicago Marathon and a bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Remember his name, because it sure won’t be the 26-year-old’s last time in the winner’s circle.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.