Kenyans Kipsang, Rotich win NYC half marathon

AP, Sunday 17 Mar 2013

Wilson Kipsang won the New York City half marathon in freezing temperatures on Sunday, and Caroline Rotich was first in the women's race

Wilson Kipsang (Photo: Reuters)

Kipsang finished the 13.1 miles in 1 hour, 1 minute, 2 seconds. Italy's Daniele Meucci was second, four seconds back. American Dathan Ritzenhein finished third in 1:01:10.

''I am very happy and grateful to win this race,'' Kipsing said. ''It was very cold from the start in Central Park, but I was feeling good. It was a very strong field, but I got in a position to break through and win this race.''

The temperature was 30 degrees at the start Sunday. This was 28-year-old Rotich's second NYC Half win. She set a course record of 1:08:52 in 2011. Rotich finished the 2013 race in 1:09:09 ahead of Burundi's Diane Nukuri-Johnson (1:09:12). Croatian Lisa Stublic was third.

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