Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai won the New York Marathon for the second time on Sunday, having initially triumphed in the race in 2011.

Mutai crossed the finish line in Central Park with a time of 2:08:24, but he was unable to break his previous record of 2:05:06, which he had set two years ago.

In second place in the 43rd edition of the grueling race was Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede, the winner of the London Marathon, who crossed the finish line 51 seconds after Mutai, while South African Lusapho April came in third with a time of 2:09:45.

Right from the start, Mutai maintained his position in the leading group of runners, but he pulled out ahead of his rivals in the last quarter of the race along with countryman Stanley Biwott and then moved markedly ahead of his compatriot, who ultimately came in fifth, in the last few miles of the 26.2-mile contest.

In the women's category, Kenya's Priscah Jeptoo triumphed easily with a time of 2:25:07, followed by Ethiopian and New York resident Buzunesh Deba, with 2:25:56, and Latvia's Jelena Prokupcuka with 2:27:47.

The race, which was not held last year due to extensive local damage from Hurricane Sandy, transpired normally amid very heavy security measures in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing last April that killed three people.

More than 48,000 runners from 115 nations competed on a cool and windy day for the race's $100,000 top award. EFE