Endurance: Jelena Prokopcuka

Strong finish caps Jeptoo's victory

November, 3, 2013
11/03/13
6:55
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When she hit halfway in Sunday's New York City Marathon in 1:16:00, Priscah Jeptoo was three-and-a-half minutes behind the leader.

It was at that point that the pre-race favorite, a 29-year-old Kenyan who had the $500,000 World Marathon Majors championships on the line, got down to the business of overtaking leader and eventual runner-up Buzunesh Deba, an Ethiopian who lives in the Bronx, at Mile 24.

Jeptoo crossed the finish line first in 2:25:07, and Deba held on for second in 2:25:56.

The temperature was 46 degrees with a 15-mph headwind during the opening stretch on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. A pack of about 20 women stuck together while Deba and Bronx-based Ethiopian training partner Tigist Tufa shot out front, where they'd remain for the majority of the race.

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