Kenya’s Mary Keitany successfully defended her title in fine style at the New York City Marathon that was held on Sunday (6).
Keitany who pulled away from the group at 15km to be left with Joyce Chepkirui and Ethiopian Buzunesh Deba whom they also pased hard to leave the Ethiopian at 21km crosing the mark with a time of 1:15.06.
Keitany, 34 years old, furthered her own legacy as one of the marathon’s all-time greats, becoming only the third woman to win the New York race three times or more, joining Paula Radcliffe and the late Grete Waitz, a nine-time champion.
Keitany won her third straight title at the New York City Marathon Sunday, finishing with a time of 2:24:26
The last American to earn a podium spot at the New York Marathon was Shalane Flanagan, who placed second in 2010.
Keitany won the women’s race in 2:24:26, more than 3½ minutes ahead of the rest of the field, demolishing her competitors over the second half of the race. She is already the second-fastest woman in history, after Radcliffe, with a personal-best 2:18:37.
She broke away from the rest of the elite women runners halfway through the race — an unusual move most runners would attempt after the 20-mile mark — and ran the final 13 miles alone.
Keitany led all the way to cross the finishing tape with a time of 2:24.33
“I was not imagining any time. I just took a lead after 15 miles and took on my own race. I was not thinking that I was near the course record. I went at my own pace from the time I broke off. For me it was OK.”
Kenya’s Sally Kipyego – who last year failed to finish on her debut on the same course – took advantage, moving into second at the 24-mile stage to finish in 2:28:01. She said she felt like the performance was “redemption” after her struggles in 2015.
USA’s Molly Huddle, who in August finished sixth in the 10,000m at the Rio Olympics, also finished strongly, moving through late to clock 2:28:13 for third place on her marathon debut.
This is the largest marathon in the world by finishers, with an estimated 50,000 participants expected to cross the finish line on Sunday.
1 Mary Keitany (KEN) 2:24:26
2 Sally Kipyego (KEN) 2:28:01
3 Molly Huddle (USA) 2:28:13
4 Joyce Chepkirui (KEN) 2:29:08
5 Diane Nukuri (BDI) 2:33:04
6 Aselefech Mergia (ETH) 2:33:28
7 Lanni Marchant (CAN) 2:33:50
8 Neely Gracey (USA) 2:34:55
9 Sara Hall (USA) 2:36:12
10 Ayantu Dakebo (ETH) 2:37:07