Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya put on quite a show at the 2011 New York City Marathon. He didn’t just squeak by Tesfaye Jifar's previous record of 2:07:43 in 2011 by a few seconds, he demolished it with a time of 2:05:06.
A couple of minutes in a marathon is like winning by several yards in a sprint; he destroyed the previous record.
The New York City Marathon was established in 1970, and no racer has done what Mutai did on Sunday in the 26.2 mile course.
Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya finished second in 2:06:28, while Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia was third in 2:07.12.
Those times would have been good enough to win on normal days but not on this one.
Geoffrey Mutai is a star in the world of long-distance racing. Not only did he take home the New York City Marathon, but he also won the Boston Marathon earlier this year.
In 2011, Mutai finished second in two marathons by a total of nine seconds. That would be disheartening to most, but not Mutai. It gave him the willingness to get back on the saddle and improve his times to defeat the competition.
He accomplished what he set out to do, and now is riding high with two of the biggest and historic marathon victories a person could ever dream for.
He has only just begun with his journey in being the best; expect more out of him in the future.
Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia took home her first major marathon as she won the women’s race. Her time was 2:23:15.