Gebre-Egziabher Gebremariam of Ethiopia wins NY Marathon on his debut
Race favorite Haile Gebrselassie, who was suffering from knee injury, dropped off midway. A disappointed Haile even contemplated retirement from running after the race.
Gebre-Egziabher collected $130,000 prize money plus a $40,000 time along the way.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Before the race I thought I would be happy to finish. To win makes me very happy! ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s my first marathon, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m Number One here!Ã¢â‚¬Â, said the jubilant athlete.
In the womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s category, Edna Kiplagat of Kenya won in 2:28.20 with EthiopiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s representatives Bezunesh Deba (11), Teyba Erkesso (12) and Derartu Tulu recording disappointing results.