Tergat out to regain stride in 2005 race

New York City Marathon

November 06, 2005|By LORI RILEY | LORI RILEY,THE HARTFORD COURANT

NEW YORK -- Last year, the New York City Marathon attracted the world record-holder for the women's marathon, Paula Radcliffe, who won, redeeming herself after dropping out of the Olympic marathon.

This year, the race has the men's world record-holder, Paul Tergat of Kenya. Tergat, who ran his record-breaking 2:04:55 in Berlin in 2003, could only manage 10th in the 2004 Olympic marathon and eighth in the London Marathon this spring.

A victory today would put him back in the spotlight.

There are a number of other runners who would like to be in the spotlight, too, including 2004 Olympic marathon silver medalist Meb Keflezighi, who wants to become the first American since Alberto Salazar (1982) to win the New York race.

Tergat, running here for the first time, is faced with an impressive field that includes, besides Keflezighi, last year's champion, Hendrik Ramaala of South Africa, New Haven 20K winner Abdi Abdirahman and Irish Olympian Mark Carroll, a second-time entry in the race.

The women's field features last year's runner-up, Susan Chepkemei of Kenya; Irish Olympian Marie Davenport; Lornah Kiplagat of the Netherlands; 2000 New York winner Ludmila Petrova, and Russian twins Olesya and Yelena Nurgalyeva.

Lori Riley writes for The Hartford Courant.

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