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Stanley Biwott of Kenya wins men's NYC Marathon title

Stanley Biwott of Kenya leads the New York

Stanley Biwott of Kenya leads the New York City Marathon at mile 24 on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Photo Credit: AP / Craig Ruttle

Making his return to the New York City Marathon for the first time since a fifth place finish in 2013, Stanley Biwott, 29, of Kenya won this year’s edition in two hours, 10 minutes, 34 seconds. Coupled with a women’s victory by fellow Kenyan Mary Keitany, it marked the third consecutive year that a Kenyan won both the male and female races, organizers said.   

Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya finished second in 2:10:48 and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia was third in 2:12:10.  Defending champion Wilson Kipsang finished fourth in 2:12:45. Meb Keflezighi was the highest-finishing American, crossing the line in 2:13:32.

Biwott, a former dairy farmer who still owns 10 cows, came through the 5k split in 15:50, the 10k split in 31:32, the 15k in 47:30, the half-marathon in 1:06:51, the 25k in 1:19:39, and the 40k in 2:04:07. 

Biwott’s fifth-place marathon finish in 2013 came in 2:10:41. After fading late in that race, Biwott revised his training regimen to include longer intervals. It paid off in a big way, with Biwott surging late to win Sunday.

Biwott won the 2012 Paris Marathon in 2:05:11. He finished fourth in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon in 2:06:41. He was second in the same race a year before, clocking a 2:04:55. Biwott ran a 59:20 half-marathon in The Hague, Netherlands in 2013. That time is still the second-fastest in the world. 

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