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In a few days ING New York Marathon will see the Battle of two Mutai’s from Kenya.
Although they share a surname, they are not related as far as their blood is concerned, but they are related to their picking timing.
Geoffrey Mutai, Like Emmanuel Mutai, has never won a major marathon prior to this year. They were both runners up, but come 2011, they stepped up their game. In 2011 Emmanuel Mutai won the Virgin London Marathon in a course record time of 2hr 4min 40 seconds, while Geoffrey Mutai won Boston Marathon with the world’s fastest time of 2hrs 3min and 02 seconds.
Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, the favorite with the fastest time in the world! 2hrs 3min and 2 seconds!
Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya, the most resilient athlete, who could keep the same pace despite throwing up in mid race.
Gebre Gebremariam is one of the two men in the Elite field who can stop the Mutais or spoil their running pattern. He is currently the second fastest Ethiopian after Haile and is the defending champion at ING NYC Marathon.
Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia, is one of the men who has all it take to upset any of the favorites above. He is even more resilient than Gebre. If he has a good day, he can fight tooth and nail for the win. His PR is not as fast as the first three, but he improves with every race.
Mathew Kisorio, if there is a debut man that might cause an upset, there is no other than Mathew Kisorio from Kenya. He has the fastest half marathon time among the elites in the field at 58:46. If his transition is smooth, we might have a debut man in the top three.
Jouad Gharib of Morocco is a great Marathoner, but his winning and runner up days are almost over. The best he can do is probably number 3 upwards, but definitely in the top 10.
Feyisa Lelisa a young Ethiopian, is only 21 and shows a lot of promise. He ran 2:05:03 in Rotterdam, he has great potential but he hasn’t shown great killer instincts in a loaded race. So he might not be a factor here, but definitely in the top 10.
Other elites in the field won’t factor much as the top 7 mentioned Elites here will dictate the outcome.
Who do you think will win?