Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa, Kenyan Mary Keitany Win NYC Marathon

by Samuel Abasi Posted on November 4th, 2018

New York City, USA : Mary Keitany of Kenya  and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia both won the New York City Marathon on Sunday in the women and men’s categories respectively.

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the men’s race in the New York City Marathon on Sunday, with a time of 2 hours 5 minutes and 59 seconds, surging ahead of two other runners near the finish in Central Park. Mary Keitany, the world-record holder in the women’s marathon, won the women’s race with a time of 2 hours 22 minutes and 48 seconds, her fourth victory in the event.

Desisa, 28, won his first New York marathon, defeating Shura Kitata, 22, also of Ethiopia, and Geoffrey Kamworor, 25, of Kenya, the defending champion.

“Today is my day. I am very, very happy,” said Desisa, a two-time Boston Marathon winner who had finished second in New York in 2014 and third in 2015 and 2017.

The race, with more than 50,000 runners winding 26.2 miles through all five boroughs, unfolded in buttery fall sunshine on a cool, breezy morning that brought out thousands of spectators.

Mary Keitany of Kenya has won the New York City Marathon, beating London champion and fellow Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot by three minutes, 13 seconds. Vivian Cheruiyot, 35, of Kenya, ran the race in 2 hours 26 minutes 2 seconds and Shalane Flanagan, 37, of the United States came in third with a time of 2 hours 26 minutes 22 seconds.

Keitany ran the race in 2 hours, 22 minutes, 48 seconds, the second fastest in history. Margaret Okayo of Kenya holds the record of 2:22:31, which was set in 2003.

The victory was Keitany’s fourth in New York in the last five years. She won in 2014, 2015 and 2016 before coming in second last year to American Shalane Flanagan. Keitany joined Grete Waitz as the only women to win the marathon four times. Waitz, a Norwegian, won the marathon nine times between 1978-1988.

“Last year I was second but I did not give up,” said Keitany, who returned home to train hard for this year’s race.

Molly Huddle was fourth in 2:26:44 and Boston Marathon winner Des Linden sixth (2:27:51) in a solid showing by American women.

American Daniel Romanchuk surprised three-time champion Marcel Hug of Switzerland for an historic men’s wheelchair win.

The 20-year-old Romanchuk became the youngest New York winner and the first American champion in clocking an unofficial

The title was the second major win for Romanchuk, who also won Chicago in October.

Swiss Manuela Schar defended her women’s title, overtaking American Tatyana McFadden for the victory in 1:50.27. McFadden clocked 1:50:48.

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