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2008 ING NYC Top Results
Men's Race: Marilson Gomes Dos Santos Storms From Behind to Win Abderrahim Goumri had the distinction coming in to the 2008 ING NYC Marathon of being the top marathon in the world who had never won a marathon (2nd in London in 2007, 3rd in London in 2:05:30 this year, and 2nd in NY last year). On Sunday in NY, he was clear of the field and on his way to what seemed to be his first marathon victory. However, 2006 NY champ Marilson Gomes Dos Santos saved his best for last and stormed from behind on the final mile to overtake Goumri and get the win (afterwards Goumri said a missed fluid bottle might have caused him to run out of steam). Veteran Paul Tergat said he twisted an ankle on the course but returned to action with a fourth place finish. American Abdi Abdirahman led the American charge in 6th place as four Americans were in spots 6 thru 10.
Women's Race: Paula Dominates Paula Radcliffe showed why she's the best marathoner in the world as she dominated the women's field in the second half of the ING NYC Marathon. Radcliffe took a different strategy this year in NY. She led every single step of the way, but she said with the high winds her plan this year was to save something for the end and run negative splits and it showed. She poured it on the final six miles winning by nearly two minutes. Radcliffe never looked back and said when she turned for the final quarter mile at Columbus Circle, she wasn't even positive she had the race won. American Kara Goucher ran up front for most of the race and had a successful debut in third in 2:25.53. Olympic silver medallist Catherine Ndereba and Gete Wami were well off the pace causing Wami to tie with Irina Mikitenko for the World Marathon title. The World Marathon Major race directors were then the left to vote to break they tie. The voted for Mikitenko and just like that she got $500,000 and Wami nothing.
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