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Wednesday October 27th 2021

Gete Wami comes in second in the ING New York City Marathon.

At the end, Gete Wami couldn’t find the strength to pull off and finish first at ING’s New York City’s marathon which took place Sunday November 3, 2007.  In a dramatic duel along with Paula Radcliffe of Britain, Ethiopia’s Gete Wami took the lead briefly with about a mile to go, but couldn’t hold against Radcliffe who was running her first marathon in two years after taking a maternity break.  Radcliffe won by 23 seconds in 2 hours 23 minutes and 9 seconds.

Gete Wami, who was running her second marathon in 35 days, was attempting to achieve a feat that has never been done before.  Professional runners usually run one or two marathons a year, let alone two in a matter of two months.  Wami finished second in 2:23.32, but her consolation prize was actually larger than the winner’s.  Wami took home $370,000 more than Radcliffe.  She received the $500,000 pay out because she was the winner in the World Marathon Majors serious.

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