The ING New York City marathon, an IAAF golden label road race scheduled for Sunday, November 2, is hosting one of the best elite athletes in the race history.
Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda, the defending Olympic and World marathon champ will have to prove his champion status as he will be challenged by London marathon champion, Tsegaye Kebede (2:04:38) of Ethiopia, and the New York and Boston course record holder, Geoffrey Mutai (2:03:02).
Also we must keep an eye on Kenyas Martin Lel who has won the race in New York twice in his career and his compatriot Wesley Korir (2:06:15) who won the Boston Marathon last year.
Like in the Women's Race the in the Men's Race at the NYC Marathon the World Marathon Major title and a 500,000& will be awarded to the best athlete.
The World Marathon Major Scenario
If Kebede finishes first or second in New York and beats Kiprotich, he will win the prize.
If Kiprotich wins and Kebede finishes third or lower, Kiprotich takes home 500,000$.
If Kiprotich wins and Kebede finishes second, Kiprotich will win on a head-to- head tiebreaker.
If Kiprotich finishes second and Kebede scores no points, Kiprotich will win on a tiebreaker.
If the weather conditions are fine and the pace-making is well done there is a good chance for us to see the course record of 2:05:06 go down by one of the men mention above.
ING New York City Marathon men elite start lists
|2013 ING NYC Marathon – Invited Athlete Info|
|1||Mutai||Geoffrey||M||KEN||adidas||32||2:03:02||1st 2011 BOS/NYC Marathons, 3rd 2010 AfCh 10,000m|
|2||Kiprotich||Stephen||M||UGA||Nike||24||2:07:20||2012 Olympic/2013 World Marathon champion|
|3||Kebede||Tsegaye||M||ETH||Nike||26||2:04:38||2008 Oly and 2009 WCA bronze|
|4||Lel||Martin||M||KEN||Nike||35||2:05:15||Two-time NYCM champion|
|6||Keflezighi||Meb||M||USA||Skechers/NYAC||38||2:09:08||1st 2009 ING NYCM; 2nd 2004 Olympic Marathon|
|7||Korir||Wesley||M||KEN||Nike||30||2:06:15||2012 Boston Marathon champion|
|8||Biwott||Stanley||M||KEN||Nike||27||2:05:12||2012 Paris Marathon champion|
|9||Kirui||Peter Cheruiyot||M||KEN||adidas||25||2:06:31||2012 NYC Half champ; 2012 Peachtree champ|
|10||Kawauchi||Yuki||M||JPN||Saitama Prefectural Govt.||26||2:08:14||Already won 5 marathons (thru 7/8) in 2013|
|11||April||Lusapho||M||RSA||adidas||31||2:08:32||Two-time Hannover Marathon champion (2013/2011)|
|12||Tahri||Bob||M||FRA||Nike||34||27:31.46||4-time Euro Champs medalist; 2009 WCA bronze medalist|
|14||Meucci||Daniele||M||ITA||Diadora||28||2:13:49||2012 Olympian; 2nd 2013 NYC Half|
|15||Vail||Ryan||M||USA||Brooks||27||2:11:45||11th 2012 Oly Trials Marathon|
|16||Imai||Masato||M||JPN||Toyota Kyushu||29||2:10:29||Set PR at 2013 Tokyo Marathon|
|17||Hartmann||Jason||M||USA||Unattached||32||2:11:06||4th 2013/2012 Boston Marathon (1st American)|
|18||Kiprop||Jackson||M||UGA||Nike||27||2:09:32||Training partner of Stephen Kiprotich|
|19||Arile||Julius||M||KEN||adidas||30||2:12:13||Former gun runner; subject of documentary|
|20||Eggleston||Jeffrey||M||USA||MarathonGuide.com/NYAC||29||2:12:03||13th 2013 WCA Marathon (1st USA)|
|21||Maker||Guor||M||SUD||Skechers||29||2:12:55||South Sudanese refugee who ran London 2012 as IOA|
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