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Brazilian Makes History in New York, Winning Marathon in Debut Race

Brazilian MarÀ­lson Gomes dos Santos, 29, surprised everybody and made history this Sunday, November 5, in New York, becoming the first South American to ever win that city’s traditional and world famous marathon.

Even though he had won twice (in 2003 and 2005) Brazil’s São Silvestre, a marathon held in São Paulo on New Year’s Eve, it was his first try at New York. He won US$ 130,000 for the victory.

Santos, who was born in Brazilian capital Brasí­lia, but lives in São Paulo, in the southeast of Brazil, arrived confident in New York. Before the run he told reporters: "I want to be one of the first three to arrive and try to win the competition. My aim is the podium."
 
While the Brazilian runner has won the New York Marathon in his debut in the race, Jelena Prokopcuka of Latvia captured her second consecutive women’s crown.

The Brazilian broke away from the lead pack with about 10 kilometers remaining in the 42.2 kilometer race Sunday, then held off a late challenge from Stephen Kiogora of Kenya.

Santos broke the tape in two hours, nine minutes and 58 seconds, while Kiogora was eight seconds behind. Another Kenyan, 2005 champion Paul Tergat, was an additional four seconds back in third place.

In the women’s race, defending champion Jelena Prokopcuka pulled away in the final seven kilometers. The 30-year-old Boston Marathon runner-up crossed the finish line in two hours, 25 minutes and five seconds, one minute in front of Ukraine’s Tatiana Hladyr. Kenya’s Catherine Ndereba was third, one minute and 53 second off the winning pace.

The men’s wheelchair race was won by Australian Kurt Fearnley, who set a course record of one hour, 29 minutes and 23 seconds. American Amanda McCrory won the women’s wheelchair event with a time of one hour, 54 minutes and 17 seconds.

Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong of the United States was one of the celebrities running in the race. In his marathon debut, Armstrong met his goal of finishing in less than three hours, breaking the tape in two hours, 59 minutes and 36 seconds.

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  • T. Medows

    Brazilians taking prizes all over the world….
    Congrats for him, but just curious why the Newsroom decided to downplay another notable Brazilian International acheivement this week… Does this surprise anyone?

    TEHRAN, Nov 1, 2006 (AFP) – A Frenchman was among the winners of a controversial competition for cartoons on the Holocaust announced by Iranian Culture Minister Mohammad Hossein Saffar-Harandi Wednesday. The Frenchman, whose name and entry were not released to protect him from possible prosecution in his homeland, came second equal with Brazilian Carlos Latuff, whose caricature showed a Palestinian wearing a uniform like that which Jews were required to wear in Nazi concentration camps. The pair will share a prize of US $8,000. France is home to the world’s second largest Jewish community outside Israel, as well as Europe’s largest Muslim population.

    The first prize of US $12,000 went to Moroccan Abdullah Derkawi who drew a crane bearing the Star of David at work on a section of Israel’s West Bank separation barrier that he depicted bearing a photograph of the gateway to the Auschwitz death camp. “The Holocaust is a myth and this issue has finally made waves thanks to the action of President (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad in daring to express himself on the subject and break the Holocaust taboo,” Saffar-Harandi said as he announced the prize winners.

    None of the foreign winners were present at the award ceremony. Massoud Shojai, one of the organizers of the contest first announced in February, blamed “political pressure” for their absence. Iran announced the competition following the re-publication in a number of mainly European newspapers of Danish caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. Ahmadinejad has sparked a chorus of international criticism with a series of statements calling into question the massacre of millions of Jewish civilians by Nazi Germany during World War II.

    During a visit to the United States in September, his reformist predecessor Mohammad Khatami insisted Ahmadinejad did not mean to question the Holocaust itself but its use to defend the creation of a Jewish state on Palestinian land. “I believe the Holocaust is the crime of Nazism,” Khatami told Time magazine. “But it is possible that the Holocaust, which is an absolute fact, a historical fact, would be misused. The Holocaust should not be, in any way, an excuse for the suppression of Palestinian rights,” the former president told the New York-based news weekly.

    “I personally believe that he (Ahmadinejad) really didn’t deny the existence of the Holocaust,” he added.

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    http://www.expatica.com/actual/article.asp?subchannel_id=25&story_id=34118

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