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Kenya's Mary Keitany to Make Marathon Debut at
ING New York City Marathon 2010
Gebremariam, Kidane, Smith, Fujiwara, Kurui, Kamais, and Mutai part of
star-studded international field on November 7
New York, August 25, 2010 - Reigning World Half-Marathon champion and 25K
world record-holder Mary Keitany of Kenya will step up to the marathon
distance for the first time in her career at the ING New York City Marathon
2010 on Sunday, November 7, it was announced today by New York Road Runners
president and CEO and race director Mary Wittenberg.
The debut of Keitany, 28, will be the latest in a long list of marathon
debuts in New York by some of the world's best women distance runners:
Grete Waitz (1978), Tegla Loroupe (1994), Deena Kastor (2001), Marla
Runyan (2002), and Kara Goucher and Kim Smith (2008). Also making her
marathon debut in this year's race is American Olympian Shalane Flanagan.
"The curtain goes up for another blossoming star here in New York," said
Wittenberg. "Great things are expected of Mary at the marathon distance,
and we're excited to see her begin to deliver on that promise this year."
Keitany set the 25K (approximately 15.5 miles) world record of 1 hour, 19
minutes, and 53 seconds at the BIG 25 in Berlin on May 9 this year. She
owns three of the top 12 times in half-marathon history and has not lost a
half-marathon race since October 2007.
"It will be my debut at the marathon distance and I have no idea how my
body will react in the last miles, but I'm confident for the new challenge
in front of me," said Keitany.
Also announced for the women's field were two-time Olympian Kim Smith of
New Zealand and former world champion Werknesh Kidane of Ethiopia, who join
the previously announced Flanagan and British Olympian Mara Yamauchi for
the 41st running of the race.
Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia, Arata Fujiwara of Japan, and Kenyans Abel
Kirui, Peter Kamais, and Emmanuel Mutai were announced for the men's field.
Defending champion Meb Keflezighi and 2009 World Half-Marathon bronze
medalist Dathan Ritzenhein, both of the United States, and marathon world
record-holder Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, were announced previously.
·Smith, 28, made her marathon debut in New York City in 2008 (she dropped
out at 15 miles) and finished eighth in the 2010 London Marathon in a New
Zealand national record time of 2:25:21. The two-time Olympian at 10,000
meters finished fifth in the NYRR New York Mini 10K in June and fourth in
the Peachtree Road Race in July in a 10K personal best time of 31:23.
·Kidane, 28, a former World Cross Country champion (8K) and World
Championships silver medalist at 10,000 meters, won the Great Manchester
Run 10K in May. She followed up her victory in England with a third-place
finish at the NYRR New York Mini 10K in June.
·Gebremariam, 25, is the hottest runner on the U.S. road circuit this year
with victories in the last two months at the Peachtree Road Race, the Beach
to Beacon 10K, and the Falmouth Road Race. The 2009 World Cross Country
champion is undefeated (4-0) for his career in road races in the United
States. In his last visit to the Big Apple, Gebremariam bested Peter Kamais
to capture the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K title in May in Central Park.
·Fujiwara, 27, who will be making his New York City debut, won the Ottawa
Marathon in May in a course-record time of 2:09:33. Until last year,
Fujiwara ran for a traditional Japanese corporate team, Japan Railways.
This year, he left the Japanese corporate system and is now competing as an
·Kirui, 28, finished third in the 2009 Rotterdam Marathon in 2:05:04 and
won the IAAF World Championships Marathon in an event-record 2:06:54. When
Gebrselassie set the marathon world record of 2:04:26 in Berlin in 2007,
Kirui finished second in 2:06:51.
·Kamais, 33, winner of the 2010 NYC Half-Marathon in March, will make his
marathon debut in New York City. He finished second to Gebremariam at the
UAE Healthy Kidney 10K in May and was also the runner-up at the Steamboat
Classic 4-Mile in June. Kamais became the fourth-fastest man in history at
10K on the road when he won the 2009 Brabants Dagblad 10K in Berlin in
·Mutai, 23, was the 2009 World Championships Marathon silver medalist
behind his countryman Kirui. He has run under 2:07 on four occasions, most
recently with his 2:06:23 runner-up finish at the Virgin London Marathon in
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