Watch Video of the NYC Half Marathon

July 28, 2008 10:14:53 AM PDT
The 3rd annual NYC Half Maraton presented by NIKE was held.Check out Eyewitness News coverage of the event, and be sure to check out our photo gallery, and our Toyota Find Your Finish Camera.

Tadesse Tola of Ethiopia upset Patrick Makau of Kenya in the men's NYC Half-Marathon on Sunday, and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya won the women's race to solidify her standing as a favorite in next month's Olympic marathon.

Tola won a sprint to the finish in the 13.1-mile race, crossing in 1 hour, 58 seconds to edge Makau, a half-marathon specialist, by 1 second. U.S. Olympic marathoner Dathan Ritzenhein was third in 1:01:38 in his last competition before the Olympic marathon on Aug. 24 in Beijing.

"I came in really feeling strong the last few miles, and that is a good sign for me leading into Beijing," Ritzenhein said. "This was a great last test for the Olympics, perfect for me. I am really thrilled with this."

The 36-year-old Ndereba, the reigning marathon world champion, finished in 1:10:19 to beat Madai Perez of Mexico (1:10:26) and Yuri Kano of Japan (1:10:31). The Kenyan won this race in 2006 and marathon silver at the 2004 Olympics.

The race drew more than 10,500 runners.