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Eritrean shocks favorites, becomes youngest Worlds marathon winner ever

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Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie became the first teenager to win an Olympic or World Championships marathon, shocking the Kenyan and Ethiopian favorites to open the meet in Beijing on Saturday.

Ghebreslassie, 19, won the first Olympic or World Track and Field Championships gold medal for his country. He crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 27 seconds, winning by 40 seconds over Ethiopian Yemane Tsegay.

The pre-race favorites finished more than two minutes behind, led by reigning Olympic and defending World champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda (sixth place; 2:14:42) and two-time Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia (seventh; 2:14:53).

Reigning New York City Marathon winner Wilson Kipsang and world-record holder Dennis Kimetto, both of Kenya, failed to finish. Kimetto set the world record of 2:02:57 at the Berlin Marathon on Sept. 28.

Ghebreslassie came into the race Saturday with a personal best over 26.2 miles of 2:07:47, set when he finished second at the Hamburg Marathon on April 26.

The fall marathon season will begin in earnest with the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 11.

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New York City Marathon announces elite fields; Kara Goucher withdraws

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Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai and Ethiopian Firehiwot Dado will attempt to defend their 2011 New York City Marathon titles on Nov. 3.

The New York Road Runners Association announced 25 international professional entries (full list below) that includes Mutai, Dado and reigning Olympic and world champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda on Thursday.

The U.S. entries were previously announced, though two-time Olympian Kara Goucher withdrew with a foot injury.

The 2012 New York City Marathon was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy.

On the women’s side, Dado’s primary competition will be 2010 New York City Marathon champion Edna Kiplagat, a two-time world champion, and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Priscah Jeptoo, both of Kenya. London Olympic champion Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia was not on Thursday’s list.

Elite Men
Geoffrey Mutai (KEN)
Stanley Biwott (KEN)
Wesley Korir (KEN)
Peter Kirui (KEN)
Stephen Kiprotich (UGA)
José Manuel “Chema” Martinez (ESP)
Yuki Kawauchi (JPN)
Masato Imai (JPN)
Daniele Meucci (ITA)
Bob Tahri (FRA)

Elite Women
Edna Kiplagat (KEN)
Priscah Jeptoo (KEN)
Jelena Prokopcuka (LVA)
Firehiwot Dado (ETH)
Buzunesh Deba (ETH)
Tetyana Gamera-Shmyrko (UKR)
Risa Shigetomo (JPN)
Christelle Daunay (FRA)
Kim Smith (NZL)
Ana Dulce Felix (POR)
Lisa Stublic (CRO)
Sabrina Mockenhaupt (GER)
Adriana Da Silva (BRA)
Diane Nukuri-Johnson (BDI)
Yolanda Caballero (COL)

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