Most competitive of the New York City Marathon divisions was the men's wheelchair event, won by 27-year-old Swiss Marcel Hug in 1 hour, 40 minutes and 14 seconds. Less than one second behind Hug was 40-year-old South African Ernst Van Dyk, the two-time Berlin Marathon winner and the reigning Chicago champion. Four men finished within three seconds of Hug, including four-time New York champ Kurt Fearnley of Australia.
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One young man with a unique experience was 22-year-old Idrissa Kargbo of Sierra Leone, who finished in 2:58:24. Kargbo was discovered by a UNICEF worker who raised money for Kargbo's trip to New York through social media. Kargbo said he never had been on an airplane before flying to the race and also experienced his first escalator ride. "I did not want to die," he said of the moving stairs.
Delilah Dicrescenzo, 30, the former Columbia University All-American steeplechaser who was the muse for the Plain White T's 2008 hit song, "Hey There Delilah," finished 30th in her marathon debut in 2:53:40 . . . Reigning men's Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda finished 12th . . . Meb Keflezighi, the naturalized American who won New York in 2009, was 23rd . . . Adrianna Nelson, 33, from Boulder, Colo., was the first American-born woman, in 13th place . . . Joan Benoit Samuelson, the 1984 Olympic champion, recently inducted into the New York Road Runners Hall of Fame, ran 2:57:13. At 56, she did not enter the women's elite field, but her time was good for 41st place.