Ethiopian Gebre Gebremariam, Edna Kiplagat From Kenya Win NYC Marathon 2010

November 8th, 2010 - 7:43 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
gevreNew York, Nov 8, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The New York City Marathon 2010 turned out to be a dream come true for Ethiopian Gebre Gebremariam. The 26-year-old runner who was making his debut at Sunday’s gala event, won the race in the men’s category within a record time of two hours, eight minutes and fourteen seconds. The Ethiopian athlete surely created history with his stunning performance at the 41st annual ING New York City Marathon as he earned the title of being the first one to emerge triumphant in the race in his debut run since Alberto Salazar achieved the same way feat way in the year 1980.

While reacting to the splendid feat that was displayed by him, Gebre Gebremariam expressed his happiness by saying that the victory was indeed special for him as nobody had expected him to win and the finish was surely good for him. While the Ethiopian was the first runner in the men’s category to touch the finishing line, he was followed by Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai who grabbed the second slot while Moroccan Abderrahim Goumri was placed third. In the women’s category, 31-year-old Kenyan athlete Edna Kiplagat was declared as the winner as she finished the race in 2 hours, 28 minutes, 20 seconds. She was followed in the second place by United States’ Shalane Flanagan who was making her marathon debut and finished the race by 2 hours, 28 minutes, 40 seconds.

The 41st annual ING New York City Marathon turned out to be a huge success as it witnessed the participation of a whopping 45,344 runners. One of the highlights of the event was the participation of Edison Pena, who seized the world’s attention as he was one of the miners who was rescued from Chile’s San Jose mine last month.

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