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2013 ING New York City Marathon Women's Preview and Starter List
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With more elite male marathoners running the circuit, we're often more excited about the men's race than the women's race at many of the world marathons. But for the 2013 New York City Marathon, we think the depth and competition in the women's field exceeds that for the men's field.
Photo Credit: Victah Sailer / PhotoRun
2011 Champion Firehiwot Dado Returns
The 2013 New York City Marathon brings together a dozen women who have run sub-2:25, and in reality, any of those women could compete for the win at the race. The field boasts the winners of the 2010 and 2011 New York City Marathons (as well as the 1998, 2005 & 2006 races); the top two from the 2013 World Championships Marathon; the silver medalist from the 2012 Olympic Marathon; and the top two finishers from the 2013 London Marathon....
As with the men's race, the 2012-2013 World Marathon Majors series $500K bonus will be decided at the New York City Marathon, but the point spread of the two leaders - Edna Kiplagat (55pts) and Priscah Jeptoo (50pts) - in the women's race is only 5 points. The tie-breaker rules will give the edge to Jeptoo if she can finish even one spot ahead of Kiplagat, so we'll watch for a race-within-the-race between these two who will make more money by ignoring the main race and watching their competitor.
As the women with the two fastest personal best times, the aforementioned Kiplagat and Jeptoo stand to be the favorites in the race. And their recent racing history backs that up: Kiplagat is the reigning two-time winner of the World championships Marathon (2011 & 2013) and the 2010 winner of the New York City Marathon; Jeptoo took the Silver Medal at the 2012 Olympics Marathon and was the winner of the 2013 London Marathon, ahead of Kiplagat. These two women, in particular, are tough and with the bonus on the line will be watching each other.
In addition to these two competitors, the two top finishers of the 2011 New York City Marathon return to try to repeat their success of that year. In 2011, Mary Keitany ran away from the pack - and although she ultimately faded, her fast start encouraged Firehiwot Dado and Bizunesh Deba to run the fastest times run by women in New York since Paula Radcliffe's victory in 2007. The 2:23:15 by Dado and 2:23:19 by Deba stand as the sixth and seventh fastest times ever on the course and show that they have the speed and ability to run well at New York. Deba is also boosted by the fact that New York is her home and she will have a great cheering squad and encouragement along the course.
In a marathon, anything can happen, but a number of other women stand out as wildcards for a win or top three finish. Valeria Straneo finished as runner-up at the 2013 World Championships Marathon and has been running well and her 2:23:44 personal best is competitive. Tetyana Gamera-Shmyrko of the Ukraine ran to a credible fifth place finish at the 2012 Olympics (2:24:32) and followed that up with a 2:23:58 personal best earlier in 2013 to win the Osaka Marathon. Kim Smith - never quite seeming to reach her potential in the marathon - continues to run well in the USA and was fifth at the last two editions of the New York City Marathon and could possibly see a breakthrough.
American fans were looking forward to seeing Kara Goucher run the New York City Marathon, but she withdrew from the field in September due to a foot injury. Taking up the American mantle are three women with the best chance for a top five finish: Amy Hastings whose 2:27:03 PR stands her as fastest of the Americans; Adriana Nelson (nee Pirtea) who was nipped at the finish line to be runner-up at the 2007 Chicago Marathon and more recently won the USA Half Marathon championships; and Janet Bawcom (nee Cherobon) who was fifth at the 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon has won ten National Championships at shorter distances and was a 2012 Olympian at the 10,000M distance.
In all - watch for a strategic and competitive race. And especially watch the competition between Edna Kiplagat and Priscah Jeptoo - the two fastest in the field also know their real race, for $500K, is between each other.
|Female Elite Athletes|
|Firehiwot Dado (29)||ETH||101||2:23:15, New York City, 2011|| History |
|Edna Kiplagat (34)||KEN||102||2:19:50, London, 2012|| History |
|Priscah Jeptoo (29)||KEN||103||2:20:14, London, 2012|| History |
|Buzunesh Deba (26)||ETH||104||2:23:19, New York City, 2011|| History |
|Valeria Straneo (37)||ITA||105||2:23:44, Rotterdam, 2012|| History |
|Christelle Daunay (38)||FRA||106||2:24:22, Paris, 2010|| History |
|Jelena Prokopcuka (37)||LVA||107||2:22:56, Osaka, 2005|| History |
|Risa Shigetomo (26)||JPN||108||2:23:23, Osaka, 2012|| History |
|Tetyana Gamera-Shmyrko (30)||UKR||109||2:23:58, Osaka, 2013|| History |
|Kim Smith (31)||NZL||110||2:25:21, London, 2010|| History |
|Ana Dulce Félix (31)||POR||111||2:25:40, New York City, 2011|| History |
|Sabrina Mockenhaupt (32)||GER||112||2:26:21, Berlin, 2010|| History |
|Lisa Stublic (29)||CRO||114||2:25:44, Zurich, 2013|| History |
|Yolanda Caballero (31)||COL||115||2:26:17, Boston, 2011|| History |
|Amy Hastings (29)||USA||116||2:27:03, Los Angeles, 2011|| History |
|Diane Nukuri-Johnson (28)||BDI||117||2:29:54, Boston, 2013|| History |
|Janet Bawcom (35)||USA||118||2:29:45, 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Women's Marathon, 2012|| History |
|Adriana Nelson (33)||USA||119||2:28:52, London, 2008|| History |
|Alisha Williams (31)||USA||120||2:34:57, Sacramento, 2012|| History |
|Aziza Aliyu (28)||ETH||122||2:36:55, Duluth, 2011|| History |
|Delilah DiCrescenzo (30)||USA||124||Debut|| History |
|Claudia Pinna (35)||ITA||125||2:37:12, Frankfurt, 2012|| History |
|Mattie Suver (26)||USA||126||2:50:23, Duluth, 2013|| History |
|Katie DiCamillo (26)||USA||127||2:38:50, Philadelphia Marathon, 2012|| History |
|Danna Kelly Herrick (27)||USA||128||2:43:57, Duluth, 2011|| History |
|Julia Mallon (35)||USA||129||2:44:07, Houston, 2012|| History |
|Nichole Porath (30)||USA||130||2:44:12, Houston, 2012|| History |
|Alexandra Cadicamo (25)||USA||132||Debut|| History |
|Hirut Beyene Guangal (21)||ETH||133||2:35:07, Moline, 2012|| History |
|Tigist Tufa (26)||ETH||134||2:40:45, Jacksonville, 2013|| History |
|Muliye Gurmu (29)||ETH||135||2:39:55, Dubai, 2007|| History |
|Lisa Bentley (44)||CAN||144||2:49:36, Boston, 2013 || History |
|Marie-Jose Perec (45)||FRA||145||Debut|| History |
|Franca Fiacconi (48)||ITA||148||2:25:17, New York City, 1998|| History |
|Joan Benoit Samuelson (56)||USA||156||2:21:21, Chicago, 1985|| History |
|Kara Goucher (35)||USA||2:24:52, Boston, 2011|| History |
|Adriana Da Silva (32)||BRA||2:29:17, Tokyo, 2012|| History |
|Lydia Carrick (28)||USA||2:47:06, Boston, 2013|| History |
|Julie Culley (32)||USA||Debut|| History |