Kamais, Yamauchi win at NYC Half Marathon

NYC Half Marathon looking south towards Times Square from a 7th Ave. fire escape in midtown. (Rachel Geylin)

March 21, 2010 1:53:01 PM PDT
Peter Kamais of Kenya has captured the men's NYC Half Marathon and Mara Yamauchi of England passed American Deena Kastor with two miles to go to win the women's race in a course record. Kamais finished the 13.1-mile race in 59 minutes, 53 seconds on Sunday, taking the lead in the ninth mile when marathon world-record holder Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia pulled out. The 2007 champion told officials he was suffering from a cold and asthma.

Moses Kigen Kipkosgei of Kenya placed second in 1 hour, 39 seconds and Mohamed Trafeh of the U.S. was third in 1:00:40.

Yamauchi won in 1:09:25, taking 18 seconds off the mark set by 2006 winner Catherine Ndereba of Kenya. Kastor finished in 1:09:43, 2 seconds ahead of Madai Perez of Mexico.