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Gebre Gebremariam, Edna Kiplagat win

Updated: November 7, 2010, 8:14 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Before leaving from Ethiopia for New York City to make his marathon debut, Gebre Gebremariam's wife, Werknesh Kidane, offered him a few words of encouragement.

"Just try to finish," said Kidnane, who was supposed to run with her husband until a leg injury forced her out of the race.

Gebremariam did a whole lot better than that.

In his first-ever marathon, Gebremariam left an indelible mark, securing the biggest victory of his career Sunday, capturing the 41st ...

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