Kenyan Tops NYC Marathon Record

    Image #: 15889094    Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia crosses the finish line to win the women's division of the 2011 New York City Marathon in New York November 6, 2011. At right is second place finisher Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia and at left is New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. REUTERS/Mike Segar  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS POLITICS)       REUTERS /MIKE SEGAR /LANDOV

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    It's a banner year for the New York City Marathon. Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai won the men's division with a course-record-shattering time of 2:05:06. The second- and third-place finishers also beat the course's previous all-time best of 2:07:43. Mutai, who won the Boston Marathon this year, takes home a $500,000 prize. On the women's side, Ethiopian Firehiwot Dado scored her first major marathon win. Dado, who previously won three races in Rome and one in Mumbai, surged in front of Kenya's Mary Keitany—who entered as a favorite to win—late in the race, and also held off Bronx-based runner Buzunesh Deba, who was hoping to become the first city resident to win in decades. Meanwhile, photographer Joao Silva—who lost both legs after stepping on a mine in Afghanistan one year ago—finished the race in under three hours.

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