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Geoffrey Mutai, Sally Kipyego of Kenya win the NYC Half

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Sally Kipyego and Geoffrey Mutai, both of Kenya, pose after winning the 2014 NYC Half marathon Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP photo/Craig Ruttle) Sally Kipyego and Geoffrey Mutai, both of Kenya, pose after winning the 2014 NYC Half marathon Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP photo/Craig Ruttle)
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Kenya's Sally Kipyego, a track standout, won the 2014 New York City Half Marathon (a.k.a. NYC Half) on Sunday in her debut at the half-marathon distance. In the men's race, her countryman Geoffrey Mutai followed up his two recent New York City Marathon titles with a decisive win.

Kipyego set an event record of 1:08:31. Behind her were Ethiopia's Buzunesh Deba (1:08:59), who lives in the Bronx, and United States' Holly Huddle (1:09:04), also making her half-marathon race debut. Kipyego, who has silver medals in the 10,000 at the 2012 Olympics and 2013 IAAF World Championships, said she is thinking about running a marathon, which certainly makes sense after her performance in Sunday's race.

In the men's race, the anticipated duel between Mutai (who won the New York City Marathon in 2011 and 2013) and Great Britain's Mo Farah (gold medalist at 5,000 and 10,000 meters at both the 2012 London Olympics and the 2013 Moscow World Championships) didn't pan out after Farah tumbled to the ground in Central Park ahead of the Mile 6 marker. That gave Mutai and fellow Kenyan Stephen Sambu an opening, and they took it.

Mutai eventually pulled away, winning in 1:00:50. But Farah rallied from his fall and cruised into second at 1:01:07, one second ahead of Sambu.

Then adding to the drama of the day, Farah collapsed after crossing the finish line and was taken away in a wheelchair. He later said it was "no big deal" and was feeling "all right." He seemed to attribute the momentary collapse to the effort he put into the race, especially after the fall. (Farah won the 2011 NYC Half.)

Mutai and Farah will face off again in four weeks at the London Marathon, which will be Farah's highly anticipated debut attempt at a full 26.2-mile race. (In 2013's London Marathon, he was hired to be a pace maker for the first half.)

The race had a professional wheelchair division for the first time. Josh George won the men's race in 50:37. Diane Roy took the women's title in 59:25.

Thousands of other runners of all abilities and speeds participated. The race had 20,750 finishers, the most since it began in 2006. The NYC Half is the flagship half-marathon of New York Road Runners, which also hosts the New York City Marathon. The race begins with a partial loop of Central Park (with a brief jaunt onto 110th Street), heads south into Times Square, shoots down the West Side Highway, and ends in Lower Manhattan.

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