Posted by: Joe English | November 2, 2008

Live: Radcliffe, Gomes Dos Santos win NYC Marathon

Paula Radcliffe after NYC Marathon

Paula Radcliffe after NYC Marathon

CENTAL PARK — Paula Radcliffe and Marilson Gomes dos Santos, both past champions here, have won the New York City Marathon.

Radcliffe won by almost two minutes in 2:23:59, beating out a field that stayed close much longer than last year’s. Ludmila Petrova finished second in 2:25:43.

Kara Goucher finished third in the fastest ever dubut by an American runner. In doing so, she unseats a record previously held by Deena Kastor, who is widely considered the top American female marathoner.

Marilson Gomes dos Santos, from Brazil, won the men’s race for his second time. He overtook Abderahim Goumri in the 26th mile to win a very close race in 2:08:43.

Goumri finished second in 2:09:07. Daniel Rono finished third in 2:11:22.

Goumri has now finished second in both of the last two New York City Marathons and the last two London Marathons. He was a pick to win this race, because the runner who has consistently beaten him, Martin Lel, was not in the field. However, late in the race when passed by Gomes dos Santos, Goumri appeared to fold and had no response to Gomes dos Santo’s surge.

Kurt Fearnley and Edith Hunkeler, both winners of the Paraolympic Marathons in Beijing, repeated as New York City champions in the wheelchair division. The two champions said that the wind conditions made this a very challenging race. Both of their times were slower than past wins by a wide margin, due to the wind.

Two runners reportedly died after the race due to heart related conditions. One of the runners was 58 year-old Carlos Jose Gomes of Brazil. The other runner has not yet been identified.

Conditions were chilly and windy all day.

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  1. […] Check back here and I’ll have my complete NYC Marathon coverage posted shortly. The elite race is already described in a short post that you can access by clicking here. […]

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