The fall marathon season has already produced the men’s world record, the second fastest women’s time ever and the women’s American record. And it’s not finished yet.
The New York City Marathon, the world’s largest annual major marathon with more than 50,000 finishers (before the years of COVID-19 restrictions), is on Sunday.
New York City produces fewer record times due to the hilly course. The best marathon runners in the world, including world record holders Eliud Kipchoge and Brigitte Kosgei from Kenya, are absent.
But he once again has the most decorated American champs in the fall marathons.
It could find a way to give a worthwhile follow-up to September’s Berlin Marathon, where Kipchoge lowered his world record by 30 seconds, and October’s Chicago Marathon, where the Kenyan Ruth Chepngetitch missed the women’s world record by 14 seconds and Emilie Sisson took 43 seconds on the American record.
Galen Rupptwo-time Olympic medalist and last American to win a major marathon (Chicago 2017), makes his debut in the five borough race.
Rupp, 36, placed 19th at July’s world championships in his native Oregon, stopping four or five times in the final few miles when he was not at his physical best. He missed practice time before the world championships due to a herniated disc and a pinched nerve in his back. He said on Thursday he felt much better now but had a “bad day” at times.
“My leg just doesn’t work well sometimes,” Rupp told a news conference, referring to his nerve issues. “Those are the days where it feels like we just have to step back, exercise more, stretch things, get them fixed. … Sounds bad, I guess, when I hear myself talking about it right now, but things have been going really well for the past two weeks.
The last American male runner to win New York was Meb Keflezighi in 2009. This race features four of the five fastest active American men (Rupp, Leonard Korir, Scott Fauble and Abdi Abdirahman45, five-time Olympian in his last marathon.)
The favorites are the Kenyans Evans Chebetthe defending Boston Marathon champion, and Albert Korir, the defending champion from New York. Kenyan men have won the first five major annual marathons this year (Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago) and on Sunday can complete the first sweep since 2011 (before Tokyo was added as a major).
American women face similar long odds of winning, but their odds improved on October 14. It was then that the defending champion Peres Jepcherchir of Kenya withdrew citing an unspecified injury. On the same day as this announcement, Keira D’Amatothe second fastest American in history, was announced as an addition to the field.
Still, the favorites are the Kenyans (Hellen Obiridouble Olympic silver medalist in the 5000m in her marathon debut, and aged 42 Edna Kiplagat) and the Ethiopians (world champions Gotytom Gebreslase and beginner Senbéré Teferi) as well as Israelis of Kenyan descent Lonah Saltpeter.
D’Amato is running his third marathon in the past 16 weeks. lime treesthe last American woman to win a major marathon (Boston 2018), is now 39 and seeking her first marathon top 10 since finishing fourth at the February 2020 Olympic trials. Aliphine Tuliamukthe Olympic Trials winner, is running her first marathon since dropping out of the Olympics seven months after giving birth.
“The New York City Marathon course is an equalizer,” Tuliamuk told a news conference. “I’m not intimidated by people who have run faster than me.”
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