Newbies Win NYC Marathon

Gebre Gebremariam, Edna Kiplagat take men's, women's races respectively
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 7, 2010 11:25 AM CST
Newbies Win NYC Marathon
David Weir, of Great Britain, gets a hug from his girlfriend Emily Thorne after winning the men's wheelchair division at the New York City marathon in New York, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010.    (Kathy Willens)

(Newser) – Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia has won the men's title at the New York City Marathon in his debut at the distance, while Kenya's Edna Kiplagat won the women's race today for her first major marathon championship. Another Ethiopian man was the favorite, but world-record holder Haile Gebrselassie pulled out at the 16-mile mark with an apparent right knee injury.

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Shalane Flanagan of the United States was second in the women's race in her marathon debut. The 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in the 10,000 meters became the first American woman to finish in the top two since 1990. Gebremariam was the first man to win New York in his marathon debut since 1983. (Read more New York City Marathon stories.)

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