Brit second in New York marathon

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Britain's Paul Evans overcame bitterly cold weather to finish second in the 26th New York marathon yesterday - just five seconds behind the defending champion from Mexico, German Silva.

Silva won the race in two hours 11 minutes with the 34-year-old Evans clocking 2hr 11min 5sec to finish clear of Kenya's William Koech, who was third in 2:11:19.

Winds gusting up to 25mph and wind chill as low as 21 degrees fahrenheit may have helped in tightening up the men's race.

In the final mile of the 26-mile 385-yard race, Evans struggled to stay with Silva who eventually gave Mexico their fourth New York victory in the last five years.

Kenya's Tegla Loroupealso successfully defended the women's title in 2:28:06. The world champion, Manuela Machado of Portugal, was second in 2:30:37 with Belgium's Lieve Slegers taking third place in 2:32:08.

Silva and Loroupe became the first male and female athletes to successfully defend their titles in the same race since Orlando Pizzolato of Italy and Norway's Grete Waitz in 1985.