Posted: Sunday March 17, 2013 10:56 AM

Kenyans Kipsang, Rotich win NYC half marathon

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NEW YORK (AP) - Kenyans Wilson Kipsang and Caroline Rotich won the New York City half marathon in freezing weather on Sunday.

Kipsang finished the 13.1 miles in 1 hour, 1 minute, 2 seconds. Italy's Daniele Meucci was second, four seconds back. American Dathan Ritzenhein finished third in 1:01:10 on a day that was 30 degrees and windy at the start.

It was the 28-year-old Rotich's second NYC Half win. She set a course record of 1:08:52 in 2011 and finished this year's race in 1:09:09, 3 seconds ahead of Burundi's Diane Nukuri-Johnson. Croatian Lisa Stublic was third.

"I am very happy and grateful to win this race,'' Kipsing said. "It was very cold from the start in Central Park, but I was feeling good. It was a very strong field, but I got in a position to break through and win this race.''

Multiple American record holder Bernard Lagat made his half-marathon debut and finished 12th in 1:02:33.

"I had so much fun today, and I'm pleased with the result,'' said Lagat. I think I'm going to do a road race every once in a while. It was tough, but now I know how to run a half.''

More than 14,000 runners started the race, the first major one put on by the New York Road Runners since their signature event, the New York City Marathon, was canceled by Superstorm Sandy.

 
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