NYC Half Marathon Winner

March 20, 2011 by USA Post 

Nyc Half Marathon Winner, (AP) – Mo Farah of Britain outsprinted Gebre Gebremariam in the last meters of the NYC Half-Marathon on Sunday, ahead of Ethiopia’s two seconds in a scintillating finish along the West Side Highway in Manhattan.

The British runner ran past and then held off Gebremariam, the New York City Marathon champion, and Galen Rupp U.S. to cover the course of 13.1 miles in 1 hour, 23 seconds. Gebremariam was second in 1:00:23 ET Rupp third 1:00:30.

“I know (Gebremariam) has a big kick to the finish,” said Farah. “As we approached the line, I thought it would come with me, but I said to Galen,” Let’s do this thing. ”

Caroline Rotich won the race in 1:08:52 for women, aside from her fellow Kenyan Edna Kiplagat in the final mile. Kiplagat, also the champion of the New York Marathon champion, crossed in 1:09:00 ET American Kara Goucher was third in 1:09:03.

The race was a confidence builder for Goucher, who is preparing for next month’s Boston Marathon after her return to competition only recently after the birth of her son, Colt, less six months ago.

“I’m so relieved,” said Goucher. “Now I feel I can really shoot it. I felt good. ”

Goucher ran her first marathon in New York in 2008, finishing third in the first-fastest marathon by an American woman. She also finished third in Boston in 2009 and won a bronze medal in the 10,000 meters at the 2007 World Championships.

Three-time champion of the New York Marathon Alberto Salazar guides all Farah, Goucher and Rupp. Farah and Rupp were making their pro debut at the distance of the half-marathon.

Rupp had a bad fall early in the race when he cut the defending champion Peter Kamais of Kenya, sending both down.

“After the initial shock, I tried to calm and relax, relax,” said Rupp. “I told myself that I’m back up there, nothing serious injuries and to save energy finish. ”

The race drew a deep field internationally, including Yuri Kano of Japan, who was invited to participate after the Nagoya International Ladies Marathon was canceled following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

“The people of New York was really welcomed and acclaimed for encouraging me in my name. I want to go back to run again in New York, “said Kano, who finished 21st in 1:14:59.” I cannot express how much it helps people in Japan know that people around the world who support them. ”

Organizers said 10,225 runners began the course that took them on a loop through Central Park, across Seventh Avenue from Times Square, 42nd Street and along the West Side Highway to Battery Park.

Winners and 20,000 won a prize money total of $ 100,000.

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