Mutai Has Big Victory at 2014 NYC Half Marathon
BY CLAY SHAW
Mutai, who ran a disallowed WR of 2:03:02 in his wind-aided 2011 Boston Marathon victory, adds the NYC Half to his winning ways that included 2011 World XC in Punta Umbria, Spain; 2011 NYC Marathon; 2012 Berlin Marathon; and another NYC Marathon win in 2013. Mo Farah of Great Britain took a tumble during the race, and tried valiantly to catch Mutai, but came up 17 seconds short in 1:01:07. There was a scary moment afterward when Mo passed out a few minutes after finishing. Stephen Sambu of Kenya was a close third, just one second in back of Farah. Juan Luis Barrios of Mexico (4th, 1:01:46), and Aschalew Neguse of Ethiopia (5th, 1:01:47) both set personal bests. American Matt Tegenkamp of Oregon was 6th in 1:02:05 in his debut at the distance.
Sally Kipyego of Kenya won her first attempt at the half-marathon in 1:08:31. Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia, and a resident of Bronx, NY, was second in 1:08:59, a new personal best for her. Molly Huddle of Rhode Island, made the podium in third place with a 1:09:04 in her debut at the half-marathon. Lisa Stublic of Croatia was fourth in 1:09:36, with Caroline Kilel of Kenya in fifth in 1:10:00. Diane Nukuri-Johnson of Burundi (and Iowa) was 6th in 1:01:09.
Yours truly was in NYC on the 6:35AM train, and out on the 10:14 a.m. with a photo shoot, and a 7-mile workout.
1. Geoffrey Mutai 1:00:50