Keflezighi wins New York Marathon, Ramaala finishes sixth

2009-11-02 00:00

AMERICAN Meb Keflezighi won the 40th ING New York Marathon in 2 hours 9 minutes 15 seconds after breaking away from Kenyan Robert Cheruiyot with six kilometres remaining.

Keflezighi was the first to attempt to push the pace as the lead group went through 10km in 31:05, but it was South African Hendrick Ramaala who once again became the race-maker, throwing down the gauntlet at 26 km when the pack hit First Avenue.

With the leaders first whittled down to six, it looked as though Ramaala could once again make a podium position, but Cheruiyot and Keflezighi were soon out on their own with the remaining contenders strung out in their wake.

The Kenyan finished 250 metres adrift, while two-time World Champion Jaouad Gharib was able to regain composure to pull back to third in 2:10:25. Ramaala hung on well to secure sixth in 2:12:30.

Two-time Olympic 10 000 m gold medallist Derata Tulu won the ladies’ race in two hours 28 minutes 52 second, beating Russian Ludmila Petrova into second.

Three-time winner and world record holder Paula Radcliffe had to settle for fourth after driving the pace for the first three-quarters of the race. Third place went to France’s Christelle Daunnay in 2:29:16, 11 seconds ahead of Radcliffe.

South African Krige Schabort was second to Australian Kurt Fearnley in the wheelchair division.

Both Schabort and Fearnley were given the same time of one hour 35 minutes 58 seconds, but the three- time defending champion and course record holder was adjudged to have won the final sprint to the line.

Ernst van Dyk, the multiple Boston winner, finished ninth in one hour 44 minutes and 20 seconds. “I was happy to make top 10 on current fitness. It’s been busy at work,” said Van Dyk from New York last night.

The New York Marathon became the world’s largest marathon yesterday when 42 000 runners lined up for the start.

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