Third consecutive victory for Keitany, while Ghebreslassie becomes youngest male winner of the event
Kenya’s Mary Keitany claimed her third consecutive title, while Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie became the youngest athlete to secure victory in the men’s race at the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday (November 6).
There was a fifth win for USA’s Tatyana McFadden in the elite women’s wheelchair race, while the men’s title was claimed by Switzerland’s Paralympic champion Marcel Hug.
In clocking 2:24:26 for a dominant victory, two-time London Marathon winner Keitany became the first able-bodied athlete to claim three consecutive titles in the New York event since Grete Waitz won five in a row between 1982 and 1986. Keitany’s fellow Kenyan Sally Kipyego was second in 2:28:01, while USA’s Molly Huddle, who placed sixth in the 10,000m at the Rio Olympics, finished third in 2:28:13 on her marathon debut.
The leading women had passed 10km in 35:50, with Keitany, Joyce Chepkirui and Aselefech Mergia moving clear at 12 miles with 66:46 on the clock. The trio recorded a halfway split of 72:38, before Keitany moved ahead and continued to increase her lead for a more than three-minute winning margin.
Over in the men’s race, 20-year-old world marathon champion Ghebreslassie was just outside his PB with 2:07:51 to gain the win ahead of Kenya’s Lucas Rotich with 2:08:53, while USA’s Abdi Abdirahman was third in 2:11:23.
The leading men’s group, led by Lelisa Desisa, had passed the halfway point in 64:22, before Desisa, Ghebreslassie and Rotich broke clear from 14 miles.
Kenya’s defending champion Stanley Biwott had withdrawn after 10 miles with a calf problem.
McFadden had earlier clocked 1:47:43 to win her fourth consecutive and fifth New York City Marathon title overall ahead of Switzerland’s Manuela Schar with 1:49:28 and USA’s Amanda McGrory with 1:53:15. Hug’s victory was confirmed after a photo finish as he narrowly beat Australia’s Kurt Fearnley with a time of 1:35:49. USA’s Josh George was third in 1:39:01.
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