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One thing’s for certain: the diminutive Kebede knows how to win a 26.2-mile footrace. The Ethiopian comes to New York with a 2:15:18 personal best from the 2009 Fukuoka Marathon, where he was victorious in both 2008 and 2009. Kebede also captured the win at the 2010 London Marathon, running just a second off his personal best. Most recently, he finished fifth at London this past April, running 2:07:48. This will be his first run in New York City, where he hopes to challenge his countryman and defending champion, Gebre Gebremariam, for victory.