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Flanagan becomes first American woman to win NYC Marathon in 40 years

06 November, 2017, 01:41 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Mary Keitany wins the London Marathon Mary Keitany wins the London Marathon

Before Flanagan's performance Sunday, Miki Gorman in 1977 was the last American woman to win the famed marathon.

Kamworor ran the race in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 53 seconds.

Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan won the New York City Marathon on Sunday, becoming the first American woman in 40 years to accomplish that feat.

Kenya's Mary Keitany, who was chasing her fourth consecutive NY victory, was second with 61 seconds back.

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On the men's side, Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor beat out countryman and 2014 victor Wilson Kipsang for his first major marathon victory, with a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 53 seconds. A pack of nine competitors consistently jockeyed with Keitany for the lead, including three runners making their NY debut: Kenya's Betsy Saina; Ethiopia's Mamitu Daska; and Sara Dossena, an Italian triathlete. "This is the moment I've dreamed of since I was a little girl". Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia was third at 2:11:32.

It was Flanagan's first marathon of the year following a left hip injury in January.

The race was held amid heightened security after a terror attack that killed eight people on a popular bike path in Manhattan last week.

More than 50,000 runners from about 125 nations took part in the race across five boroughs.

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Keitany was seeking to cap a career year, in which she won the London Marathon with a blistering time of 2:17:01, a women's-only record.

After covering the first half of the race in 1:16:18 in a 13-woman pack, Flanagan, Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia, and Keitany threw down a 5:26 mile between mile 20 and 21, the fastest of the race to that point, and made it a three-woman race.

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