On a wet and unseasonably warm morning, the gun went off and three Kenyan born now United States citizens, Paul Chelimo, Shadrack Kipchirchir and Stanley Kebenei started off the race with one of the fastest tempo, immediately stringing out the field.
In the second mile as they worked their way north up Avenue of the Americas towards Central Park, their lead reached 50 meters.Over the final mile looping through the twisting, lower portion of the park the trio remained bunched together.
The remaining 200 meters was proved that the battle between the two, Chelimo and Kipchirchir was not yet over as the pulled away from Kebenei and battled uphill to the line.
The two tangled arms in a furious sprint, with Chelimo cutting the tape ahead of his colleague with both clocking 13:45 to break the course record of 13:46 that was set in 2013 by Nick Willis from New Zealand
“I want to thank my teammates,” said Chelimo, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist in the 5000 meters, his finger bandaged after cutting himself on a shower curtain ring at his hotel this morning. “These guys make it honest. They were about to drop me, too, but I was the toughest out there today.”
Kebenei crossed the line in third place with 13:53.
Erik Jenkins and Kirubel Erassa took fourth and fifth place in 14:00 and 14:01 respectively.
Reigning Olympic 1500-meter champion Matthew Centrowitz finished eighth in 14:02.
- Paul Chelimo 13:45
- Shadrack Kipchirchir 13:45
- Stanley Kebenei 13:53
- Erik Jenkins 14:00
- Kirubel Erassa 14:01
- Matthew Centrowitz 14:02