Prokopčuka takes third in New York marathon

Latvia’s Jeļena Prokopčuka failed to make it three in a row in the 2007 ING New York City Marathon, coming in third in the Nov. 4 women’s race after winning the competition in 2005 and 2006.

The women’s race was won by Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain, who took the title in 2004. Radcliffe finished the course in a time of 2 hours, 23 minutes and 9 seconds. Second place went to Gete Wami of Ethiopia, who finished in 2:23:32, according to results posted on the marathon’s official Web site.

Prokopčuka finished third, covering the 26-mile course in a time of 2:26:13. Last year, she won the race with a time of 2:25:05.

If Prokopčuka had won, she would have been only the second woman in the marathon’s history to win the race three times in a row. Norway’s Grete Waitz was the first to do so in the 1980s.

However, Prokopčuka edged out fourth-place finisher Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia, who earlier this year won the Boston Marathon. Prokopčuka came in second in the Boston race.

Other Latvian runners in the New York marathon, according to the official Web site, included Andrejs Visockis, Ģirts Filipovs, Ints Dalderis and Neville David, all of Rīga, and Malda Caune of Salaspils.

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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