20 SEP 2012 General News

Dos Santos and Fukushi pad strong New York fields

New York victory No. 2 for Marilson Gomes Dos Santos (Getty Images)New York victory No. 2 for Marilson Gomes Dos Santos (Getty Images) © Copyright
New York, USATwotime champion Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil and three-time Olympian Kayoko Fukushi of Japan will add fierce competition to the already stacked men’s and women’s fields in the 2012 ING New York City Marathon on 4 November.

Joining Gomes dos Santos in the men’s race at this IAAF Gold Label Road Race will be Olympic marathoners Abderrahime Bouramdane of Morocco and Great Britain’s Scott Overall. 2011 runner-up Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia and national record-holders Valeria Straneo of Italy and Adriana Da Silva of Brazil will add to the women’s field.

Previously announced runners for the men’s race include 2009 champion Meb Keflezighi (USA), 2010 champion Gebre Gebremariam (Ethiopia), Olympic bronze medallist Wilson Kipsang (Kenya), 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon winner Moses Mosop (Kenya), four-time U.S. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman, 2012 Boston Marathon fourth-placer Jason Hartmann (USA), and 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials fifth-placer Brett Gotcher.

In the women’s race, previously announced runners include Olympic marathon gold medallist Tiki Gelana (Ethiopia), bronze medalist Tatyana Arkhipova (Russia), defending champion Firehiwot Dado (Ethiopia), 2010 champion Edna Kiplagat (Kenya), 2012 Boston winner Sharon Cherop (Kenya), New Zealand Olympian Kim Smith, 2012 U.S. Olympians Julie Culley, Amy Hastings, and Janet Bawcom, and top U.S. contenders Michelle Frey, Alisha Williams, Serena Burla, and Molly Pritz.

Previously announced wheelers include Krige Schabort, Adam Bleakney, and Josh George in the men’s race and Amanda McGrory, Tatyana McFadden, and Shirley Reilly in the women’s race, all of the USA.

"We are honoured to attract such a dominant international pro field for the 2012 ING New York City Marathon," said New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg. "Many of these runners grace us year after year, and we always welcome their boundless talent and ability to undoubtedly "wow" us. Marilson Gomes dos Santos and Kayoko Fukishi are dedicated competitors that will surely challenge the men’s and women’s field. Likewise, we look forward to hosting Olympians Abderrahime Bouramdane and Scott Overall, and Buzunesh Deba will be a test to the women’s contest after placing second last year—it is going to be a phenomenal race day."

Gomes dos Santos, 35, of Brazil, is a two-time winner in New York (2006, 2008). This will be his sixth appearance in the race. He is the South American record-holder at 5000 and 10,000me and the Half Marathon. Gomes dos Santos won the 2011 South American Half Marathon Championships in Buenos Aires last September, and he placed fourth at the 2011 Virgin London Marathon in a personal-best 2:06:34.

Organisers for the IAAF