Prokopčuka takes third in New York City marathon

Jeļena Prokopčuka of Latvia, a two-time winner of the ING New York City Marathon, has finished third in this year’s running of the 26-mile course.

The 37-year-old Prokopčuka crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 27 minutes and 47 seconds. Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya won the women’s competition and Buzunesh Deba of the United States came in second, according to results posted on the marathon’s official website.

Prokopčuka, from Jūrmala, has a record of doing well in the New York marathon, finishing fifth in 2004, first in 2005, first in 2006, and third in 2007. She took a break after the birth of her son and has slowly returned to competition by running in half-marathons and marathons in Latvia and elsewhere in Europe, according to media reports.

She is coached by her husband, Aleksandrs Prokopčuks.

The men’s marathon was won by Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, who finished in 2:8:24, according to the official results. The pushrim wheelchair competition was won by Marcel Hug of Switzerland and Tom Davis of the United States won the handcycle race.

Prokopčuka was one of five runners from Latvia registered for the New York marathon. Others included Inese Ķīkule of Rīga, Andis Brucis of Jūrmala, Aivars Bergmanis of Rīga, and Māris Diņģelis of Rīga.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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