Dado wins New York City Marathon in big comeback
Sunday, November 6, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) -- Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia has won the New York City Marathon in a stunning comeback.
Dado trailed London Marathon champ Mary Keitany by nearly 212 minutes at the 15-mile mark but passed her with about a mile left for her first major marathon victory. The 27-year-old Dado won in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 23, minutes 15 seconds -- almost a minute better than her previous personal best.
Fellow Ethiopian Buzunesh Deba, who lives in the Bronx, was second for her first podium finish at a major marathon, four seconds back.
Keitany was third, 24 seconds back. The Kenyan was well under course-record pace for much of the race but faded badly over the final miles.