What makes them so good at marathons? NEW YORK - Kenya's Paul Tergat held off defending champion Hendrick Ramaala of South Africa in a final sprint Sunday to win the men's title in the New York City Marathon. Tergat edged ahead in the final few meters of the 26.2-mile race to win in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 31 seconds. Ramaala, who fell to the ground after crossing the finish line, was just a second behind — the closest finish in the race's history. Meb Keflizighi, who was second last year in New York and a silver medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics, fell behind in the final mile and finished third — barely failing again to end what is now a 24-year U.S. victory drought in New York. The 36-year-old Tergat, one of 17 children, holds the world record in the marathon — 2:04:55 set at the 2003 Berlin Marathon. Up until Sunday, that was his only win in a major marathon. Tergat is the ninth straight African to win the title at the New York City Marathon. Link.