New York City Marathon
November 5, 2011 by staff
Patrick Makau Kenya lowered the world best marathon time of two hours three minutes and 38 seconds in Berlin Marathon September. In April, Emmanuel Mutai won in London in time course record (2:04:38) and Kenyan colleague Geoffrey Mutai (no relation) sets a new standard for Boston Marathon (2:03:02).
Geoffrey Mutai sizzling time, almost a minute faster than the world at the time, it was recognized as the best in the world given the design of Boston’s career and tailwinds that favored brokers.
Makau is the New York area, but are the two Mutais. That does not upset the defending champion Gebre Gebremariam, but the course record (2:07:43) set in Ethiopian Tesfaye Jifar colleagues across the five boroughs in 2001 could be in danger.
Gebremariam, who won last year’s race in 2:08:14 in his first attempt in the distance, fastest time expected and hoped that his final effort will prevail in the final kilometers of the race Central Park hills.
“I know them very well. I’m not worried,” he told reporters on Friday Gebremariam to go against the duo of Kenya. “I’m ready to run a little faster. I hope that the pace is faster than last year. When you get to Central Park, he knows how to win.”
And if the trio are running shoulder to shoulder to shoulder? “I’m ready,” said Gebremariam, 27, the 2009 IAAF World Cross Country champion, who finished third in the Boston Marathon with a personal best of 2:04:53.
Geoffrey Mutai, 30, was not the merit of the world’s fastest marathon, but the fact is that he covered a distance of 26.2 miles faster than any rider has ever stood.
“Even if unrecognized, it gives me another challenge, to run faster in other careers,” said Mutai. “When you’re faster, you must maintain at that level. I see it as another challenge.”
Emmanuel Mutai, 27, tired at the end of the race in New York last year and finished second. “This year I will try to improve my time and perhaps my position. I do not say I’m satisfied.”
American Meb Keflezighi, the 2009 champion and 2004 Olympic silver medalist, said the fast times are a natural progression.
“There are people who are trained against or compete against, and what does or does, and it’s like .. if he can do, I can do.”
Kenyans are under extra pressure to excel as a little tight for Olympic marathon team. Kenya are allowed three places for London 2012, but two seats have been reserved for Makau and twice world champion Abel Kirui.
“There is an opportunity now in New York,” said Geoffrey Mutai on his Olympic chances. “If I get this opportunity, maybe after Sunday I will know.”
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