Kisorio will be making his 26.2-mile debut in New York City. Gebremariam proved last year that first timers should be taken seriously at this race, and top contenders would be wise to keep a close eye on Kisorio. On Sept. 18 in Philadelphia, the 22-year-old Kenyan ran the fastest-ever half-marathon on American soil, winning the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia event in 58:46, which was also a personal best and the third-fastest half-marathon of all-time. Inexperience could get the best of him, but the rest of the field shouldn’t bet on it.
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