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NYC Marathon winners: Flanagan 1st American since 1977

06 November, 2017, 01:39 | Author: Lamar Ellis
  • Mary Keitany after winning New York

Keitany, victor of this year's London Marathon and the fastest ever in a women's only marathon, had been expected to run away with the race but a slow pace allowed Flanagan and others to stay with her early.

Keitany, who finished second with a time of 2:27:54, hugged Flanagan, who had the American flag already draped over her shoulders.

An emotional Flanagan after her NYC Marathon win, the first by an American woman in 40 years.

Kenya's Mary Keitany, who was chasing her fourth consecutive NY victory, was second with 61 seconds back. "This is the moment I've dreamed of since I was a little girl". Flanagan, 36, is the American record holder in the indoor 3,000 meters, the indoor 5,000 and won a bronze medal that was upgraded to silver in the 10,000 in the 2008 Olympics. Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia was third at 2:11:32.

Compatriot Manuela Schar, three times a runner-up in NY, beat five-time victor Tatyana McFadden by almost three minutes to win the women's wheelchair race in 1:48.09.

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"This is fantastic for me for this is my first victory in (a major) marathon", said Kamworor, who was running his fifth marathon.

The marathon was run against the backdrop of heightened security after a terrorist attack earlier in the week killed eight people on a bike path in the city. New York City is also where her marathon career began.

Flanagan previously finished second in the 2010 NYC Marathon.

Switzerland swept the professional wheelchair divisions.

Behind her, but fading fast, Mary Keitany was chasing history, too: The 35-year-old Kenyan had won this race three times in a row.

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