Ugandan runner Stephen Kiprotich endured tough windy conditions to finish fifth at the TNS New York Marathon yesterday.
But the World and Olympic champion will be delighted to return home with his best ever finish in a Major City Marathon ever since taking sixth position at last year’s London Marathon.
Despite improving from last year’s distant 12th place to four places behind eventual winner Kenyan Wilson Kipsang, Kiprotich crossed the Central Park finish-line in a time of two hours, 13 minutes and 25 seconds.
That time, worth $15,000 (Shs40m), was 20 seconds slower than when Kiprotich had 11 men finish ahead of him at last year’s edition on the streets of the Big Apple.
Overall, the event’s 44th edition was generally a slow race. By the time Kipsang and runner-up Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa broke away from a pack of 10 with about 8km to go, the pair would hardly finish under 2:05:00.
In the final stretch to the blue ribbon, Kipsang held off a challenge from Desisa, the 2013 Boston Marathon winner, and the 32-year-old strolled to the best time of 2:10:59 amid a loud applause.
Former world record (WR) Kipsang earned himself a $100,000 (Shs270m)ash prize and the feat too, took his tally to 76 points to win him the 2013-14 World Marathon Major (WMM) jackpot of $500,000 ahead of current WR, another Kenyan, David Kimetto (75).
Desisa posted 2:11:06 and was followed by his country mate Gebre Gebremariam with a time of 2:12:13. Then 2009 winner and Eritrean-born American Meb Keflezighi came in fourth place after clocking 2:13:17.
Many spectators must have been surprised after 2011 and 2013 winner Geoffrey Mutai finished a distant sixth after dictating the pace in the early stages. The Kenyan clocked 2:13:44.
2014 NEW YORK MARATHON RESULTS
Wilson Kipsang (KEN) 2:10:59
Lelisa Desisa (ETH) 2:11:06
Gebre Gebremariam (ETH) 2:12:13
Meb Keflezighi (USA) 2:12:??
Stephen Kiprotich (UGA) 2:13:25
Geoffrey Mutai 2:13:44
1. Mary Keitany (KEN) 2:25:07
2. Jemima Sumgong (KEN) 2:25:10
3. Sara Moreira (POR) 2:26:00
4. Jelena Prokopcuka (LAT) 2:26:15
5. Desiree Linden (USA) 2:28:11
SOURCE: Daily Monitor