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2005 New York City Marathon Post-Race

Men’s champion: Paul Tergat, 36, Kenya, 2:09:30
Women’s champion: Jelena Prokopcuka, 29, Latvia, 2:24:41
Men’s Wheelchair champion: Ernst Van Dyk, 32, South Africa, 1:31:11, course record
Women’s Wheelchair champion: Edith Hunkeler, 33, Switzerland, 1:54:52

Jelena Prokopcuka

Jelena Prokopcuka

This year marks the closest margin of victory (1 second) in the history of the ING New York City Marathon: Paul Tergat, 2:09:30 vs. Hendrick Ramaala, 2:09:31. Extended times before converting were 2:09:29.90 and 2:09:30.22 (.32 second difference). Ramaala won in 2004 with a time of 2:09:28.

* Second smallest margin of men’s victory was 2 seconds in 1994: German Silva, 2:11:21 vs. Benjamin Paredes, 2:11:23.
* Closest women’s finish was 3 seconds in 2004: Paula Radcliffe at 2:23:10 vs. Susan Chepkemei 2:23:13.

Susan Chepkemei placed runner-up for the second consecutive year, and the third time in the race. Other consecutive second place finishes at New York:
Joseph Chebet, 1997-98 (first in 1999)
Joseph Kosgei, 2000-01
Olga Markova, 1991-92
Andres Espinosa, 1991-92
Kim Jones, 1989-90

Meb Keflezighi (third place, 2:09:56) and Abdi Abdirahman (fifth place, 2:11:24) both finished in the top five and produced the two fastest times in 2005 by U.S. men. 1993 was the last time two American men were in the top five – Bob Kempainen of Minnetonka, MN (second) and Keith Brantly of Ormond Beach, FL (fifth).

Personal records were set by:
Abdi Abdirahman, USA/AZ, 2:11:24
Matt Downin, USA/NJ, 2:14:28
John Henwood, New Zealand, 2:15:05
Tatiana Gladyr, Ukraine, 2:29:34
Olesva Nurgalyeva, Russia, 2:29:35
Marie Davenport, Ireland, 2:33:59 (debut)
Zoila Gomez, USA/CO, 2:41:43 (debut)

The 2005 ING New York City Marathon is the largest race in the history of the sport with 37,516 starters and 36,894 finishers and a record number of applicants (87,700).

The ING NYC Marathon holds three spots in the top 5 largest marathons ever:
1) ING NYC Marathon 2005, 36,894 finishers
2) ING NYC Marathon 2004, 36,562 finishers
3) Boston Marathon 1996 (100th), 35,868 finishers
4) Flora London Marathon 2005, 35,260 finishers
5) ING NYC Marathon 2003, 34,729 finishers

Source: Running USA

Prize Money and Bonus Money:
* Largest ever payout in NYC Marathon race history: $875,500 (previous $868,094 in 2001)
* Jelena Prokopcuka won a $130,000 purse – the largest guaranteed first place prize in the history of marathoning (plus a $30,000 time bonus) – courtesy of $65,000 additional funding by ING’s Run for Something Better program.

Notable finishers:
* Laurent Jalabert, French cycling champion, 2:55:39
* John Legere, CEO Global Crossing, 3:13:41
* Tate Donovan, OC Actor, 3:28:49
* Carter Brey, Principal Cellist NY Philharmonic, 3:32:39
* Jim Jenness, CEO Kellogg’s, 3:51:28
* Yannick Noah, tennis great, 4:11:52
* Vanessa Carlton, Grammy award nominee, 3:56:59
* Thomas Westman, winner Survivor, 4:45:47
* Carla Cico, CEO Brasil Telecom, 4:51:38
source RunningUSA

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