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04 November 2019 16:33

Girma Bekele Gebre did not start with the elite runners, but still placed.

Together, under the guidance of the coach Patrick Sang, Kamworor and Kipchoge have become two of the best marathoners in the world. Kamworor has been on the medal podium for each of the four N.Y.C. Marathons he has run. An unsponsored Ethiopian from the open field took third place. Girma Bekele Gebre did not start with the elite runners, but still placed. After the race, Gebre looked somewhat bewildered standing there next to two of the most decorated distance runners in the world.

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He has no agent, flew to New York from Ethiopia a few days before the race and stayed with a friend in the Bronx. He won $40,000. "I started back in the second group, and just ran really fast to catch up," he said through an interpreter. "I love running in New York. When the crowds were cheering for me, I felt really special joy." Gebre had been living in New York, but returned to Ethiopia in the spring when one of his brothers died while working on their farm. Jared Ward was the top American male, in sixth place at 2:10:45. "When you swing for the fences, you set yourself up for a hard last few miles, and that's why it's scary to try," Ward said, adding that it's important to focus on the current pace. "You try to just chip off where you're at and hope that you still have something in the next mile," he said.