Records set in NYC Marathon

Monday, November 5, 2001

NEW YORK -- Tesfaye Jifar won the New York City Marathon in record time Sunday, pulling away from his lone challenger with three miles left.

Jifar ran the 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 7 minutes, 43 seconds to become the first Ethiopian to win the race. He broke the 12-year-old mark of 2:08:01 set by Tanzania's Juma Ikangaa.

The women's winner also set a race record. Margaret Okayo of Kenya won in 2:24:21, trimming 19 seconds off the mark set by Australia's Lisa Ondieki in 1992.

Kenya's Japhet Kosgei, the runner-up for the second straight year, finished in 2:09:19. Another Kenyan, Rodgers Rop, was third, another 32 seconds back.

In the women's race, another Kenyan, Susan Chepkemei, was second Sunday in 2:25:12.

Jifar and Okayo each won $80,000 for finishing first, plus bonus money ($50,000 for him, $35,000 for her) for setting course records.

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