N.Y.C. Marathon: Kenyans Win Men s and Women s Races

Geoffrey Mutai and Priscah Jeptoo

Kathy Willens/AP; Seth Wenig/AP

updated 11/03/2013 AT 12:00 PM ET

originally published 11/03/2013 AT 12:45 PM ET

In a double victory for Kenya, Geoffrey Mutai has successfully defended his New York City Marathon title and Priscah Jeptoo rallied to win the women’s race.

Mutai set the course record the last time the NYC Marathon was held, in 2011. Sunday’s race returned after last year’s cancelation because of Superstorm Sandy.

Security was also heightened after the bombings at April’s Boston Marathon.

On a windy morning, Mutai had an unofficial time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 24 seconds, well off his mark of 2:05:06 set in nearly perfect conditions.

Jeptoo trailed Buzunesh Deba by nearly 3½ minutes at the halfway point. But she started making her move as the race entered Manhattan and passed Deba with just more than 2 miles to go.


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