Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor suprised the world when he won the New York City Marathon that was held on SUnday (5) in New York.
Described by his coach Patrick Sang as “a warrior” few athletes can match the incredible versatility and sheer quality of Geoffrey Kamworor.
The two-time World Half-Marathon, two-time World Cross Country champion and 2015 World 10,000m silver medallist cut the tape in 2:10.48
Wilson Kipsang who was the race favorite and the fastest runner on paper, couldn’t catch him and finished second in 2:10.51.
Lelisa Desisa and Lemi Berhanu finished third and fourth in 2:11.32 and 2:12.52 respectively.
Abdi Abdirahmman was the top American man, placing seventh in 2:12.48 despite falling at the very first water stop. Meb Keflezighi, the 2009 champion and sentimental favorite in his 26th and final professional race, finished 11th.
The marathon was run against the backdrop of heightened security after a terrorist attack earlier in the week killed eight people on a bike path in the city. The race was described as a “very-well policed event, with many layers of security,” said New York Police Department Chief Carlos Gomez.
1. Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN) 2:10.53
2. Wilson Kipsang (KEN) 2:10.56
3. Lelisa Desisa (ETH) 2:11.32
4. Lemi Berhanu (ETH) 2:12.52
5. Tadesse Abraham (ERT) 2:12.01
6. Michel Butter (USA) 2:12.39
7. Abdi Abdirahman (USA) 2:12.48