Friday, 17 November, 2017

Flanagan, Kamworor win in New York Marathon

TCS New York City Marathon held Sunday Marblehead's Flanagan is first US woman to win NYC marathon in 40 years
Clarence Duncan | 06 November, 2017, 00:53

New York's recent tragedy revived memories of the 2013 Boston Marathon that was targeted by bombers, but the carnage also helped inspire Flanagan's triumphant run.

NEW YORK (AP) - Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya has won the New York City Marathon, holding off countryman Wilson Kipsang by three seconds for his first major victory.

On the men's side, Geoffrey Kamworwor was the victor in an unofficial 2:10:53, three years faster than Wilson Kipsang in a race that marked the 26th and final marathon as a professional for Meb Keflezighi, Now 42, the man whose bib says simply "Meb", won the NYC marathon in 2009 and the Boston Marathon in 2014.

Kamworor made his move at mile 21 and held off the fast-closing Kipsang at the line in Central Park. The last American woman to win the event was Miki Gorman in 1977. Kenya's Wilson Kipsang took second place, finishing in 2:10:56, and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, victor of the 2013 and 2015 Boston Marathons, finished third in 2:11:32. Kipsang settled for the second place at 2:10:56.

"New York is very unbelievable".

The marathon will be held five days after the bike-path terror attack in lower Manhattan that killed eight people, putting security on the minds of planners, racers and onlookers.

Kipsang, the 2014 NY champion, was three seconds back with Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa third in 2:11:32.

Comedian Kevin Hart made his marathon debut at NY. The diminutive fitness nut has organized a number of pop-up 5k races for fans in conjunction with his standup tours, but this will be his first marathon. "I'm looking forward to coming back next year".

Flanagan, a four-time Olympian, completed the women's event with a time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, 53 seconds, according to USA Today, defeating Kenyan competitor Mary Keitany, who came in second to Flanagan after winning the New York City Marathon for the past three years.

"New York City said strongly we're not giving into terrorists", de Blasio said, adding "That's a message we're sending the whole world".

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