Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia, in his first ever marathon, is the winner of the 2010 ING New York City Marathon in an unofficial time of 2:08:14. If you're wondering, that's an average pace of 4:53 per mile. For 26.2 miles.
It's the fastest time since Rodgers Rop turned in a 2:08:07 in 2002. Gebremariam becomes the first debutant to win the race since American Alberto Salazar accomplished the feat in 1980.
Kenya's Emmanuel Mutai, the 2010 London Marathon runner-up, finished second, in 2:09:17. Mutai was the aggressor in the second half of the race, but when Gebremariam kicked in Central Park, Mutai just could not keep up.
Kigen Kipkosgei of Kenya crossed the finish line in third place, with a time of 2:10:39.
American Meb Keflezighi, the 2009 NYC Marathon champion, the first American to win since 1982, was dropped around Mile 21 and finished sixth (2:11:30).