07 November 2011

New NYC Marathon Record!

The 2011 New York City Marathon was run on Sunday, 6 November.  Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya won the race in the record-breaking time of 2h 05' 05".  The old record of 2h 07' 43" was set by the Ethiopian runner Tesfaye Jifar back in 2001.  Jifar's time was also eclipsed yesterday by the second-place finisher, Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya at 2h 06' 28", and the third-place finisher, Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia at 2h 07' 13".

Geoffrey Mutai's average speed over the distance of 26 miles and 385 yards (42.195 km) was 12.577 mph (5.622 m/s).  Put another way, Mutai averaged 4 minutes 46.246 seconds per mile.  Click here for my blog post when the marathon world record was broken just over a month ago.  Patrick Makau Musyoki of Kenya established the new record of 2h 03' 38".  Musyoki's average speed of 5.688 m/s was about 1.17% faster than Mutai's average speed in yesterday's New York City Marathon.

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