Course Record falls in women’s half marathon as well.
Courtesy of the Philadelphia Half-Marathon
PHILADELPHIA (November 18, 2012) — Today’s 19th running of the Philadelphia Marathon witnessed a historic performance by women’s champion Irina Mashkantceva (Mash-kahn-tuh-sova), breaking Mariska Kramer’s 2011 course record. Mashkantceva, with a time of 2:35:35, goes into the Philadelphia Marathon record books in her first marathon on U.S. soil.
In the men’s division, local favorite Mike McKeeman was the clear winner, outpacing the second place finisher, Scott MacPherson, by 42 seconds. MacPherson took second in his first-ever marathon competition. McKeeman, with a winning time of 2:17:51, runs locally with Bryn Mawr Running Club, and does most of his training in Philadelphia.
“It is so special to win this marathon in my hometown,” said Mike McKeeman. “Knowing every inch of the course helped but what really spurred me to a victory was the crowd which was full of my friends and family.”
Irina Mashkantceva of Russia spoke through an interpreter about her experience today. “I trained specifically for Philadelphia because I heard about it being a great course. It’s true, I loved the course and the many cheering fans helped make my first marathon in the U.S. so special,” said Irina Mashkantceva.
At the top of the Half Marathon podium are the same two leaders from Saturday’s Rothman 8K: Kenyan Isaac Korir Kedikou in the men’s division and
Misiker Mekonnin Demissie in the women’s division. Demissie’s 1:11:57 broke the course record of 1:12:42 set by Margaret Kare in 2006. Dual placements were a thread throughout this weekend’s competition. Samuel Ndereba of Royersford, PA, placed second in the Men’s 8K on Saturday, followed by a second place finish in the men’s Half Marathon today. Ndereba is no stranger to the Philadelphia Marathon, having won both the Men’s 8K and Half Marathon races in 2011.
Two hometown favorites won their Masters Division – Rachid Bensalem, 40, of Philadelphia took the Men’s Masters Marathon with a time of 2:28:06. Doreen McCoubrie, 51, of Malvern, PA won the Women’s Masters Division in the Half Marathon with a time of 1:23:22.
Men’s Division Marathon
Mike McKeeman, 36, Ardmore, PA, 2:17:51
Scott MacPherson, 25, Austin, TX, 2:18:33
Abiyot Endale, 26, Hyde Falls, NY 2:19:15
Evan Gaynor, 24, Wauseon, OH, 2:20:35
Tesfaye Assefa Dube, 25, 2:20:36
Women’s Division Marathon
Irina Mashkantceva, 29, Solikamsk, Russia, 2:35:37
Venera Sarmosova, 33, Russia, 2:35:58
Katie DiCamillo, 25, Providence, RI, 2:38:50
Meagan Nedlo, 30, Salem, MA, 2:39:10
Heidi Peoples, 32, Scranton, PA, 2:40:56
Master’s Men Marathon
Rachid Bensalem, 40, Philadelphia, PA, 2:28:06
Master’s Women Marathon
Elena Orlova, 42, Gaithersburg, MD, 2:41:29
Men’s Wheelchair Marathon
Paul Erway, 54, Shelbyville, KY, 2:29:38
Men’s Half Marathon
Isaac Korir Kedikou, 25, 1:02:53
Samuel Ndereba, 35, Royersford, PA, 1:03:43
Mengistu Nebsi, 35, New York, NY, 1:04:11
Kiprono Kurgat, 23, Chapel Hill, NC, 1:04:27
Daniel Kipkoech, 25, Kenaesaw, GA, 1:04:27
Women’s Half Marathon
Misiker Mekonnin Demissie, 24. Washington, DC, 1:11:57
Hellen Jemutai, 30, Chapel Hill, NC, 1:12:37
Stephanie Pezzullo, 30, Charlotte, NC, 1:13:13
Yihunlish Delelecha, 31, Washington, D.C., 1:13:35
Tina Muir, Philadelphia, PA, 1:15:11
Women’s Masters Division Half Marathon
Doreen McCoubrie, 51, Malvern, PA, 1:23:22
Men’s Masters Division Half Marathon
Eric Shafer, 43, Pittsburgh, PA, 1:12:57
Men’s Wheelchair Half Marathon
Shanon Franks, 35, College Park, MD, 1:19:00