Two-time ING New York City Marathon champion Martin Lel of Kenya, coming off a big win last month in the Rock ’n’ Roll Lisbon Half-Marathon, will return to NYC on November 4, as will Ed Moran, the Staten Island native who last year finished ninth here in his debut at the marathon distance.
Lel, 33, won the ING New York City Marathon in 2003 and 2007. A three-time winner of the Virgin London Marathon (2005, 2007–2008), Lel finished second in that race last spring in 2:06:51. The 2003 IAAF World Half-Marathon Champion, Lel was fifth in the 2008 Olympic Marathon. His marathon personal best is 2:05:15, set in his 2008 London victory.
In Lisbon on September 30, Lel ran 1:01:28 to handily defeat, among others, Tariku Bekele of Ethiopia, the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist at 10,000 meters.
Moran, 31, of Williamsburg, VA, won the 2007 Pan American Games gold medal at 5000 meters and was the 2010 USA 10K champion. Born on Staten Island and raised in New Jersey, Moran returned home last fall to make his marathon debut; his time of 2:11:47 made him the fourth-fastest American in 2011.
On the women’s side, joining the field are Inga Abitova of Russia and Sabrina Mockenhaupt of Germany.
Abitova, 30, was runner-up in the 2010 Virgin London Marathon, where she set her personal best of 2:22:19. She has earned medals at the last two European Championships at 10,000 meters: gold in 2006 and silver in 2010. In 2006, she was ranked #1 in the world at 10,000 meters by Track & Field News magazine. In her only previous finish in the ING New York City Marathon, she was fourth in 2010.
Mockenhaupt, 31, was the 2005 European Cross Country Championships silver medalist and the 2005 European Indoor Championships bronze medalist at 3000 meters. A three-time Olympian, Mockenhaupt has a marathon personal best of 2:26:41, set in finishing fourth at the 2010 Berlin Marathon, and placed 11th in last weekend’s IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, in 1:12:04. This will be her ING New York City Marathon debut.
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