In her New York City Marathon startup, Jeptoo won the women’s race on Sunday with a time of 2 hours, 25 minutes, 7 seconds, almost a minute ahead of Ethiopian Buzunesh Deba. As she crossed the finish line, Jeptoo threw her arms in the air, then tended over for an extended breath. With the victory, she received a $500,000 bonus for also catching the World Marathon Majors women’s title.
TRIBUTE: New York feels like Boston.
Jeptoo entered New York as a favorite after winning the London Marathon this year. Deba, who trains in the Bronx, finished runner-up for her second back-to-back race in New York city.
The first American woman to finish was Adriana Nelson, 33, of Fort Collins, Colo., who was 13th. Born in Romania, Nelson became an American citizen in 2011.
Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai, 32, won the men’s race in 2:08:24. It’s the third time Kenyans swept both the men’s and women’s titles (2002, 2003). The only other country to sweep was the United States in 1977.
Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede ended second, almost a minute behind Mutai, and selected the World Marathon Majors men’s title. The World Marathon Majors series includes five major marathons, the Olympics and world championships. Professional runners collect points over a two-season cycle.
Mutai is one of the fastest marathon runners in the world, posting a 2:03:02 on Boston’s hilly tasks in 2011. He holds the New York course record (set in 2011) of 2:05:06.
Ryan Vail, from Portland, Ore., was the first American male finisher in 13th place.
American Tatyana McFadden made history with her victory in the women’s wheelchair race, completing a sweep of the Boston, London, Chicago and New York marathons in a single year.
More than 47,000 runners started the race through the five boroughs. Six months after two bursts near the Boston Marathon finish line killed three people and injured more than 260, security was highly visible along the New York course. Race arrangers spent about $1 million on security, double the amount of the previous year. There were more blocks and security checkpoints for watchers and runners were not allowed to carry over the shoulder hydration packs.
All of the runners were given cordon bleu to pay tribute to Boston. A Boston Marathon yellow line was also painted alongside the traditional blue line heading into the home stretch.
The New York City Marathon returned after last year’s cancellation due to Super storm Sandy. About 22,000 runners entered in last year’s race returned to the field for Sunday’s race, according to the New York Road Runners.