Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 4th 2014 Contents she said. "I m happy because I
have a victory today, because I
know I ve been coming to New
York two times, and I was in that
position. So I m happy today
because it was a good day and I
A record 50,881 runners started
the 44th edition of the NYC
Marathon, which had the millionth
finisher in its history Sunday. It
was so windy that the wheelchair
race started at the 3-mile mark
because it was too dangerous to
roll across the Verrazano-Narrows
Keitany and Kipsang each
earned $100,000. Kipsang also
clinched the $500,000 World
Marathon Majors bonus with the
victory. He set a course record in
winning London in April.
Had Kipsang finished second
Sunday, the prize would have gone
to occasional training partner Den-
nis Kimetto, who broke his world
record five weeks ago in Berlin.
Kipsang and Ethiopia s Lelisa
Desisa, the 2013 Boston Marathon
champ, had separated from the
pack when they entered Central
Park. Desisa at one point acci-
dentally bumped into Kipsang,
who turned to ask what happened
considering how much space they
Then Kipsang decided this was
a good time for his finishing kick.
He had been saving his energy
exactly for this moment.
"I really trusted myself," he said.
Kipsang wound up beating
Desisa by 7 seconds. Another
Ethiopian, 2010 NYC Marathon
winner Gebre Gebremariam, was
The reigning Boston Marathon
champ, American Meb Keflezighi,
took fourth. It was the fourth top-
four finish in New York for the
39-year-old Keflezighi, who won
Geoffrey Mutai, seeking to
become the first man to win three
straight NYC Marathons since
Alberto Salazar in 1980-82, faded
back to sixth.
Bronx resident Buzunesh Deba
of Ethiopia was ninth in the
women s race after finishing as
the runner-up at the last two NYC
Marathons. She was seeking to
become the first New Yorker to
win the race in 40 years.
Keitany won in 2:25:07. In 2004,
Paula Radcliffe also beat Susan
Chepkemei by just 3 seconds. Por-
tugal s Sara Moreira was third
Sunday in her marathon debut.
American Desiree Linden took
Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki,
running her first marathon at the
end of a grueling season, finished
in an impressive 3:26.
Sumgong is still seeking her first
major marathon title; she was also
second in Boston in 2012 and in
Chicago in 2013.
She was originally supposed to
run Chicago again in mid-October
but pulled out because of a ham-
string problem. Instead, she decid-
ed to make her NYC Marathon
debut, joining the field after
defending champion and training
partner Priscah Jeptoo withdrew
because of a leg injury.
"In the closing miles, my target
was to win," Sumgong said, "but
it was Mary s day." (AP)
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, November 4, 2014
NEW YORK---Wilson Kipsang, a for-
mer world-record holder, needed to
force himself to slow down.
The Kenyan star had entered his first
New York City Marathon to challenge
himself on a hilly course with no pace-
maker. A windy morning made for
quite the test Sunday, and Kipsang
proved he could win a strategic race.
"I had to really exercise a lot of
patience," he said.
Kipsang pulled away in the final mile
for his third major marathon title in
just over 13 months. Mary Keitany also
took the lead late in the women s race
for a Kenyan sweep.
Kipsang s record-setting victories
in Berlin and London were on flat
courses with the aid of a pacemaker,
very different from Sunday, when
winds were gusting at more than 30
mph at the start. The contenders
adjusted by cautiously sticking to a
"It was very tactical," Kipsang said.
"So it was not easy."
He finished in 2 hours, 10 minutes,
59 seconds --- the slowest winning time
in New York since 1995, and more than
7 1/2 minutes off the world record he
set just over a year ago in Berlin.
Keitany tried a very different tactic
in her previous NYC Marathon, surging
ahead to a huge early lead in 2011. She
was caught that day and had to settle
for her second straight third-place fin-
ish.This time, Keitany held back. She
and countrywoman Jemima Sumgong
entered Central Park side by side, and
Sumgong appeared to be pulling away
with just over a mile left.
But Keitany had one last burst left
and won by 3 seconds, matching the
tightest finish in the history of the
women s race. Keitany, a two-time
London Marathon champ, hadn t run
a 26.2-mile race since 2012 because of
the birth of her second child.
"I worked hard for this opportunity,"
Kipsang, Keitany win NYC Marathon titles
Rita Jeptoo s positive doping test was
for EPO, two senior Kenyan athletics
officials said yesterday.
David Okeyo and Jackson Tuwei, who
are vice presidents of Athletics Kenya,
told The Associated Press that Jeptoo s
"A sample taken in an out-of-com-
petition test in Kenya on September 25
showed traces of the blood-boosting
It was unclear if Jeptoo, the women s
two-time defending champion of both
the Boston and Chicago marathons,
will ask for her backup "B sample to
Jeptoo s agent, Federico Rosa, said
he would advise her not to ask for the
backup test "because of what they
found in the sample." Rosa said he had
not spoken to Jeptoo since news of her
failed test broke last week.
Jeptoo is one of the highest profile
Kenyan athletes to fail a doping test,
and her case comes weeks after the
release of a damaging report into doping
in Kenya. The report said that banned
substances have become easily available
to runners in the East African country,
where there are no effective doping
The 33-year-old Jeptoo claimed her
second straight title in Chicago on
October 12. She was set to be crowned
winner of the World Marathon Majors
series over the weekend before it was
revealed Friday that she had failed a
doping test. The failed test was around
two weeks before her latest victory in
Rosa, the agent, said he had been
informed that Jeptoo was currently in
Kenya and would travel to the capital,
Nairobi, on Tuesday. Okeyo said Kenya s
athletics federation would also meet
Tuesday to discuss Jeptoo s case.
"If Rita accepts the results of the A
sample, then we will have 21 days to
follow process," Okeyo said.
He said Jeptoo had "disputed" the
EPO finding but had not yet said
whether she wanted to challenge the
World athletics body the IAAF has
not commented on details of Jeptoo s
case, while Athletics Kenya did not
identify the substance when it con-
firmed her failed test on Friday.
Jeptoo s failed test comes amid a
recent spike in doping cases involving
Kenyans. Eighteen Kenyan runners had
failed drug tests in 2012 and 2013, the
doping report said, a rate of nearly one
That compared with 18 Kenyan dop-
ing cases in total in the 19 years before
2012, the report said. (AP)
Kenyan Rita Jeptoo
tests positive for EPO
Wilson Kipsang of Kenya celebrates as he hits the tape to win the men's
division of the the 44th annual New York City Marathon in New York,
Sunday. AP PHOTO
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