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.
FILED UNDER: Inside The Magazine / New York City Marathon / Race Coverage TAGS: Ana Dulce Felix / Bobby Curtis / Caroline Kilel / Elite Race Preview / Emmanuel Mutai / Gebre Gebremariam / Geoffrey Mutai / Jessica Augusto / Jo Pavey / Kim Smith / Lauren Fleshman / Mary Keitany / Mathew Kisorio / Meb Keflezighi / Tsegaye Kebede