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NEW YORK – The NYC Marathon has always had a paradoxical quality. It’s the world’s largest and most prestigious road race (yes I know that some folks in Boston and Chicago will disagree with the latter) and yet there is little hoopla in the mainstream sports community in the days leading up to the Marathon. You rarely hear anything about it on WFAN or ESPN New York and even the coverage in the local dailies is scant at best.

One reason is that Americans rarely win either the men’s or women’s race. Meb Keflezighi, who was born in Eritrea but emigrated to the US at the age of 12 with his family, won the race in 2009. You would have to go back 27 years before that for your last American winner, Alberto Salazar.

Things didn’t change this year as Kenyans Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany won the men’s and women’s divisions respectively. 39 year-old Meb Keflezighi once again showed why he is a great ambassador for running, as he turned in the best time for an American coming in fifth. 36 year-old Queens native Kara Goucher, who grew up in Duluth, Minnesota, finished 14th in the women’s field, nine slots behind the top American finisher, Desiree Linden.

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About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.

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