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Thursday 26 April 2018

Mutai kicks on and conquers New York

ATHLETICS: Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai won the New York City Marathon to successfully defend his title, while compatriot Priscah Jeptoo claimed the women's race.

The prestigious event was held for the first time since 2011, with last year's competition cancelled following the fallout of Storm Sandy, and security was also stepped up in the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon in April.

Mutai, 32, controlled the race to record a time of two hours eight minutes and 24 seconds.

Jeptoo fought back to claim victory having trailed Ethiopian Buzunesh Deba by more than three minutes at the halfway mark.

However, she ran through Central Park to victory in 2:25:07 as she claimed the $100,000 (€74,000) prize, with Deba some 49 seconds behind.

Elsewhere, Fionnuala Britton secured pre-selection for the European Cross-Country championships with an impressive win at the Lotto Cross Cup in Antwerp in Belgium.

Britton eased to victory in a time of 15.40 and the double-European champion can now set her sights on the 2013 European championships in Belgrade in December.

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