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Britain's Mara Yamauchi wins New York Half Marathon

Mara Yamauchi
Yamauchi ran the second fastest British marathon time last year in London

British woman Mara Yamauchi won the New York Half Marathon in a course record one hour nine minutes and 17 seconds.

The 36-year-old, using the event as preparation for the London Marathon on 25 April, beat American Deena Kastor by 26 seconds.

Mexican Madai Perez was a further two seconds behind in third.

Meanwhile, Zersenay Tadese, of Eritrea, struck 10 seconds from Sammy Wanjiru's three-year-old world record to win the Lisbon Half Marathon in 58:22.

Four-time world half marathon champion Tadese, 28, beat Kenyan pair Sammy Kitwara (1:00:03) and Duncan Kibet (1:00:21), earning 50,000 euros (£45,000) for surpassing Wanjiru's mark which was set in The Hague in 2007.

Yamauchi, whose personal best over 13.1 miles is 1:08:29, only returned to racing in February after recovering from a foot injury which ruled her out of last year's World Championships in Berlin.

"I'm still not back at my very best but I'm getting there," she said.


Japan-based Yamauchi had to reel in Kastor after the 2004 Olympic marathon bronze-medallist and 2006 London Marathon winner had built up a 200-metre lead with only two miles remaining.

"When Deena went away, I thought if I could make the top three that would be okay," added Yamauchi, who finished second in last year's London Marathon in a personal best time of 2:23:12.

"When she came back in sight I thought 'wait a minute, this race isn't over'."

Kenya's Peter Kamais ran 59:52 to win the men's race in the Big Apple, 46 seconds ahead of countryman Moses Kigen-Kipkosgei, with American Mohammed Trafeh third in 1:00:40.

Double Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie failed to finish after suffering an asthma attack.

see also
Yamauchi to compete in New York
25 Feb 10 |  Athletics
Injured Yamauchi to miss Worlds
26 Jun 09 |  Athletics
Brit Yamauchi second in Marathon
26 Apr 09 |  Athletics
Mara Yamauchi interview
23 May 08 |  Athletics
Yamauchi sets new personal best
16 Nov 08 |  Athletics
Yamauchi delighted with personal best
23 Apr 06 |  Athletics
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