Ethiopia’s Firehiwot Dado wins NY Marathon women’s title

November 6, 2011

Deba, who lives and trains in the parks and streets of the “Big Apple”, settled for second with reigning London Marathon champion Mary Keitany of Kenya in third for the second year in a row in 2:23:39.

Keitany led from the start until the final mile, when Dado took the lead for good after working with Deba to chase down the Kenyan for most of the 26.2-mile journey.

“I’m very happy because there was a runner leading in front of us and I didn’t think we would catch her, but I was very happy when we were able to catch her,” Dado said through a translator.

“Once we saw her, we said to each other, ‘Let’s catch her,’ and working together we were able to catch her.”

“I’m so happy,” Deba said. “People were cheering me and I had so much confidence.”

Keitany, who set the world half-marathon record of 1:05:50 earlier this year, was on an early pace to challenge the women’s world record of Britain’s Paula Radcliffe, 2:17:42 from 2005 in London, and the course record of 2:22.31 set by Kenya’s Margaret Okayo in 2003.

Portugal’s Ana Dulce Felix was fourth in 2:25:40 with New Zealand’s Kim Smith fifth in 2:25:46 and Kilel, the reigning Boston Marathon champion, another 11 seconds adrift in sixth.

Last year’s New York women’s winner, Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat, withdrew last month with a sore left knee suffered in an fall during her victory in August at the world championships in South Korea.

New York City marathon results

Nov 6 (Reuters) – New York City marathon men’s and women’s
provisional results on Sunday     

Men’s result
 1.  Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya)          2hrs 05mins 06secs 
 2.  Emmanuel Mutai (Kenya)                 2:06:28 
 3.  Tsegaye Kebede (Ethiopia)              2:07:14 
 4.  Gebre-egziabher Gebremariam (Ethiopia) 2:08:00 
 5.  Jaouad Gharib (Morocco)                2:08:27 
 6.  Meb Keflezighi (U.S.)                  2:09:13 
 7.  Abdellah Falil (Morocco)               2:10:35 
 8.  Mathew Kipkoech Kisorio (Kenya)        2:10:58 
 9.  Ezkyas Sisay (Ethiopia)                2:11:04 
10.  Ed Moran (U.S.)                        2:11:46    

Women’s result   
 1.  Firehiwot Dado Tufa (Ethiopia)     2:23:15 
 2.  Buzunesh Deba (Ethiopia)           2:23:19 
 3.  Mary Keitany (Kenya)               2:23:38 
 4.  Ana Dulce Felix (Portugal)         2:25:40 
 5.  Kimberley Smith (New Zealand)      2:25:46 
 6.  Caroline Cheptanui Kilel (Kenya)   2:25:57 
 7.  Caroline Rotich (Kenya)            2:27:06 
 8.  Isabellah Andersson (Sweden)       2:28:29 
 9.  Joanne Pavey (Britain)             2:28:42 
10.  Galina Bogomolova (Russia)         2:29:03