Ethiopia’s Buze Diriba outclassed her opponents as she claimed the title at the NYC Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (18) in New York.
Diriba who ran under the worst weather conditions in United States race history pulled away from the rest of the team at 15km but United States Emily Sisson stuck by her as she led the two till the 200m mark when the Ethiopian kicked to cut the tape in 1:12.23.
Sisson who finished as runners up in last years race had to settle for the same position this year as she crossed the line in the same time of 1:12.24.
Norway’s Karolinwe Bjerkeli Grovdal closed the podium three in 1:12.43 as Ethiopian Mamitu Daska who led at the beginning of the race settled for fourth place in 1:12.50.
Kenyan race favorite Vivian Cheruiyot dropped from the race at the early stages as Betsy Saina finished a disappointing sixth place in 1:13.31.
The winner pocketed US dollars 20,000.
- Buze Diriba (ETH) 1:12.23
- Emily Sisson (USA) 1:12.24
- Karolinwe Grovdal (NOR) 1:12.43
- Mamitu Daska (ETH) 1:12.50
- Serena Burla (USA) 1:13.15
- Betsy Saina (KEN) 1:13.31