World-record holder Kipsang to run NYC Marathon

AP, Wednesday 10 Sep 2014

Wilson Kipsang
Wilson Kipsang of Kenya (Photo: Reuters)

 World-record holder Wilson Kipsang will make his New York City Marathon debut in November.

The Kenyan set the mark of 2 hours, 3 minutes, 23 seconds in Berlin last year.

The announcement Wednesday sets up a showdown with countryman Geoffrey Mutai, the two-time defending champion and course-record holder in New York. Mutai ran the fastest marathon in history in 2:03:02 in Boston in 2011, which doesn't count as a world record because the course is considered too straight and downhill.

There will be seven former NYC Marathon champs in the field on Nov. 2. Along with Mutai, they are: Gebre Gebremariam (2010) and Meb Keflezighi (2009) on the men's side, and Priscah Jeptoo (2013), Firehiwot Dado (2011), Edna Kiplagat (2010) and Jelena Prokopcuka (2005, 2006) for the women.

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