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Geoffrey Mutai Wins 2011 New York City Marathon: Kenyan Runner Sets Course Record

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Geoffrey Mutai, of Kenya, runs thourgh Central Park on his way to winning the ING New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) | AP

NEW YORK -- Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya has won the New York City Marathon in a course record time.

Mutai finished in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 6 seconds Sunday, crushing the previous mark of 2:07:43 set by Tesfaye Jifar of Ethiopia a decade earlier.

The 30-year-old has established himself as the favorite at next summer's Olympics after two landmark performances this year.

In April, he ran the fastest 26.2 miles in history: 2:03:02 in Boston. It didn't count as a world record because the course is considered too straight and too downhill.

The second- and third-place finishers Sunday also broke the old course record. Fellow Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai (no relation), the London Marathon champ, was 1:22 back. Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia was third.

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