Gebremariam, Kiplagat to compete in NYC Marathon

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(AP) Defending champions Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia and Edna Kiplagat of Kenya will compete in the New York City Marathon in autumn.

The New York Road Runners announced Wednesday that Meb Keflezighi, who in 2009 became the first American to win the race since 1982, will also compete on Nov. 6.

It will be the 35-year-old Keflezighi’s seventh NYC Marathon. He hopes to qualify for the marathon at the 2012 London Olympics and use the race as training ahead of the games.

Olympic speedskating gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno will take part in his first marathon.

A record 140,000 runners applied for the NYC Marathon. The Road Runners say the 2010 event had an economic impact of $340 million.

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