Mutai, Jeptoo win NYC Marathon titles
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya captured the men's title at the New York City Marathon on Sunday, while countrymate Priscah Jeptoo claimed the women's crown.
Mutai also won the men's title in 2011, making him the first man to win consecutive NYC Marathon crowns since John Kagwe of Kenya in 1997 and '98.
Of course, last year's marathon was canceled in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and more than 45,000 runners took the course on Sunday in chilly, windy conditions.
Mutai finished in a time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 24 seconds, well off his record of 2:05:06 from two years ago, as a strong wind factored into slower results.
Jeptoo, who won the London Marathon in April, crossed the wire first for the women in 2:25:07.
It marks the third time Kenyans have swept the men's and women's titles in New York. In 2002, Rodgers Rop won the men's crown and Joyce Chepchumba the women's title. The following year it was Martin Lei for the men and Margaret Okayo for the women.
The women's race ended first and Jeptoo was nearly 3 1/2 minutes off the lead pace set by Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia at the midway point. Deba, though, was passed with about two miles remaining and finished as the runner-up for the second straight time in New York, crossing 39 seconds behind the winner.
Latvia's Jelena Prokopcuka was another two minutes off the pace in third. She won the New York titles in 2005 and '06.
Mutai, the 2011 Boston winner and 2012 Berlin champ, took control of the men's race Sunday with about four miles remaining and won with ease, finishing 52 seconds ahead of Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede. Kebede won the London Marathon in April and his runner-up finish on Sunday allowed him to capture the season- long World Marathon Majors title.
South Africa's Lusapho April was the third man to finish, another 29 seconds behind Kebede.
11/03 12:40:50 ET