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Priscah Jeptoo Wins NYC Marathon Women's Title Despite Trailing Buzunesh Deba At Halfway Point

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Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in New York. | AP

NEW YORK (AP) — Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya has come from behind to win the women's title at the New York City Marathon.

She trailed Buzunesh Deba by nearly 3½ minutes at the halfway point. Jeptoo started making her move as the race entered Manhattan and passed Deba with just more than 2 miles to go.

Jeptoo won in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 25 minutes, 7 seconds Sunday. The London Marathon champ clinched a $500,000 bonus for the World Marathon Majors title.

An Ethiopian who lives in the Bronx, Deba finished second for the second straight NYC Marathon.

The 26.2-mile race returned after a one-year absence, canceled in 2012 because of the destruction of Superstorm Sandy.

Security was heightened after the bombings at April's Boston Marathon. Bomb-sniffing dogs roamed the course, and barricades limited access points to Central Park.

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