Kenya's Mutai sets NYC Marathon record

Kenyan runner Geoffrey Mutai crosses the finish line, winning the New York City Marathon, November 6, 2011. Mutai, the 2011 Boston Marathon winner, won the men's New York Marathon in an unofficial time of two hours, five minutes and six seconds to smash the course record on Sunday. EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

Last Updated 12:46 p.m. ET

NEW YORK - Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya won the New York City Marathon, setting a new course record.

The 2011 Boston Marathon winner crossed the finish line at 2:05:06.

The previous record was 2:07:43, set by Tesfaye Jifar of Ethiopia in 2001.

The 30-year-old has established himself as the favorite at next summer's Olympics after two landmark performances this year. In April, he ran the fastest 26.2 miles in history: A time of 2:03:02 in Boston. It didn't count as a world record because the course is considered too straight and too downhill.

The second- and third-place finishers today also broke the old course record. Fellow Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai (no relation), the London Marathon champ, was 1:22 back. Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia was third.

Dado Firehiwot of Ethiopia crosses the finish line first in the women's division at the 2011 New York City Marathon in New York, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011.
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Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia won the women's title New York City Marathon in a stunning comeback.

Dado trailed London Marathon champ Mary Keitany by nearly 2½ minutes at the 15-mile mark but passed her with about a mile left for her first major marathon victory. The 27-year-old Dado won in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 23, minutes 15 seconds - almost a minute better than her previous personal best.

Fellow Ethiopian Buzunesh Deba, who lives in the Bronx, was second for her first podium finish at a major marathon, four seconds back. It was the second-closest women's finish in the race's history.,/P>

"I didn't really think we would catch her," Dado said through a translator in a post-race interview. "When we caught up to her, I was very surprised."

Keitany was third, 23 seconds back. The Kenyan was well under course-record pace for much of the race but faded badly over the final miles.

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Amanda McGrory of the United States set a course record in the women's wheelchair race and Masazumi Soejima of Japan won the men's race.

The 25-year-old McGrory of Champaign, Ill., finished the 26.2-mile course through the five boroughs of New York in one hour 50 minutes 24 seconds.,/P>

McGrory, a four-time Paralympic medallist, also won the Paris and London Marathons one week apart this year. She was followed by Shelly Woods of Britain (1:52:52) and Tatyana McFadden of the United States (1:52:52).

A record 47,107 runners started the race through the five boroughs.

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