Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai won the men’s New York City marathon Sunday, setting a new course record with a finish time of two hours, five minutes and six seconds.
It was the first time the 30-year-old has won the NYC marathon. The last Kenyan runner to win the marathon was Martin Lel in 2007.
Another Kenyan, Emmanuel Mutai — no relation to Geoffrey — finished second in two hours, six minutes and 28 seconds. Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede finished third with a time of two hours, seven minutes and 13 seconds.
The previous record time of two hours, seven minutes and 43 seconds was set by Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Jifar in 2001. All three top runners eclipsed that time Sunday and will receive a $70,000 bonus for doing so, according to The New York Times. Mutai was awarded $130,000 for winning the race.
"It was not an easy competition," Geoffrey Mutai said after crossing the finish line. "I tried to run my own race, I think maybe I proved myself," he added.
With his win Sunday, Mutai became the first person in history to break course records for the Boston and NYC marathons in the same year. In April, he ran the fastest 26.2 miles in history when he completed the Boston event in just two hours, three minutes and two seconds. However, that effort was not officially sanctioned due to the route’s downhill slope.
Some 47,000 people competed in Sunday’s event which took place in fair weather conditions. One 55-year-old male runner who suffered from low blood pressure fell to the ground approximately four miles from the finish line, the New York Post reported. He was helped by medics at the scene and taken away in an ambulance. The man was recovering at Mount Sinai Hospital early Sunday evening, his family told the paper.
The first American to cross the finish line was Meb Keflezighi, who won the competition in 2009. His time in this year’s race was two hours, nine minutes and 13 seconds.
Earlier, Ethiopia’s Firehiwot Dado won the women’s contest, finishing in two hours, 23 minutes and 15 seconds.
Speaking through a translator, Dado, 27, expressed her joy that she managed to overtake London Marathon winner Mary Keitany with about a mile left to go.
"I’m very happy because there was a runner in front of me," she said. "I didn’t really think I could catch up with her."
Richard Waldman, a 55-year-old landscape architect from East Patchogue, N.Y., collapsed at the 22-mile marker on Fifth Avenue between 117th and 118th Streets shortly before 1:00pm ET, officials said.
Waldman suffers from chronic low blood pressure but was sitting up and taking fluids at Mount Sinai Hospital early Sunday evening, according to his family.
"He fell on his face on Fifth Avenue, he just dropped like he was was shot," said Harlem resident James White, who was shooting video of the race when the runner went down. "[Emergency crews] worked on him on Fifth [Avenue] while hundreds of runners passed him."
A uniformed police officer got to the fallen runner immediately and radioed for race volunteers and paramedics, who arrived within minutes, witnesses said. He was brought to Mount Sinai Hospital.