9 Nov

Drama In New York As Gerbreselassie Retires

Gebre Gebremariam crosses the finish line to take first place in the New York Marathon

World record holder Haile Gebreselassie dramatically retired from athletics after dropping out of the New York Marathon on Sunday. Gebreselassie's fellow countryman, Gebre Gebremariam took the men's title on his marathon debut, Kenya's Edna Kiplagat was the surprise winner of the women's race and one of the recently rescued Chilean miners also took part in the action-packed race.

Edison Pena was rescued less than an month ago from the collapsed mine in Chile, but spent his days trapped in the mine running through the underground tunnels. He completed the full 42km of Sunday's race in 5:40:00, 20 minutes faster than his target time of 6 hours.

Gebreselassie, 37, who set the marathon world record of 2:3:59 in Berlin in 2008, pulled out of the race after 25km with an injury to his right knee. He said, "I have discussed it with myself and I think it's better to stop here. Let me do another job. Let me give the youngsters a chance."

Gebremariam, 26, became the first man to win New York on debut since 1983. He pulled away from Kenya's Emmanuel Mutai at 36km to win in 2.08:14. "New York is New York," a smiling Gebremariam said at the finish line. "It's so special for me, even just to finish only. I'm so happy. So, so happy. Nobody expected for me to win."

At the finish, Pena, 34, was draped in a Chilean flag as his favourite music - by Elvis - played over the loudspeakers. "I'm here because I want people to feel free," Pena said. "I struggled with myself, I struggled with my own pain, but I made it to he finish line".

Over 40,000 runners took to the streets of New York for the marathon, one which has grown and grown in popularity, now receiving well in excess of 100,000 entries each year. Entries for next year's New York Marathon are now open and runners from the Uk can enter and travel to the race with Sports Tours International. Full results from this year's race are available here.