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Sunday, March 17, 2013
Kenyans Kipsang, Rotich win NYC half marathon

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Wilson Kipsang won the New York City half marathon in freezing temperatures on Sunday, and Caroline Rotich was first in the women's race.

Kipsang finished the 13.1 miles in 1 hour, 1 minute, 2 seconds. Italy's Daniele Meucci was second, four seconds back. American Dathan Ritzenhein finished third in 1:01:10.

"I am very happy and grateful to win this race," Kipsing said. "It was very cold from the start in Central Park, but I was feeling good. It was a very strong field, but I got in a position to break through and win this race."

The temperature was 30 degrees at the start Sunday. This was 28-year-old Rotich's second NYC Half win. She set a course record of 1:08:52 in 2011. Rotich finished the 2013 race in 1:09:09 ahead of Burundi's Diane Nukuri-Johnson (1:09:12). Croatian Lisa Stublic was third.