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Tamirat Tola breaks NYC Marathon record in 2023 men's race, Hellen Obiri of Kenya wins women's title

New Yorkers cheer on runners in New York City Marathon
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NEW YORK — Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia broke the record in the 2023 New York City marathon on Sunday, finishing the 5-borough course in just 2 hours, 4 minutes and 58 seconds. 

Tola beat the previous course record set in 2011 by Geoffrey Mutai, who finished the race in 2:05:06. 

Tola pulled away from Jemel Yimer, his countrymate, as the two headed towards the Bronx at mile 20. A mile later, when Tola was headed back into Manhattan, he was up by 19 seconds and chasing Mutai's record.  

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Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia crosses the finish line to win the men's division of the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023, in New York. Craig Ruttle / AP

Meanwhile, the women's race came down to the wire. Obiri, Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia and Sharon Lokedi, the defending champion, were running together down the stretch. 

Obiri made a move as the three headed back into Central Park for the last half mile and finished in 2:27:23. Gidey finished 6 seconds later. 

Click here for more race results.

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