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Last November the Ethiopian made his first-ever marathon a memorable one by winning the ING New York City Marathon in 2:08:14. The reigning champion is back to defend his crown at this year’s race, and if one thing’s certain, it’s that he won’t sneak up and surprise anyone this time around. The 27-year-old has proven himself to be a masterful marathoner; he followed up his win last November with a podium slot at the Boston Marathon, where he finished third with a personal best of 2:04:53. Gebremariam dropped out of the world championships marathon in early September, but has said he will be ready to compete in New York City on Nov. 6.