Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie wins New York City Marathon
Eritrea's Ghirmay Ghebreslassie won the New York City Marathon in the men's field. Mary Keitany won her third straight New York City Marathon to become the first woman to win three consecutive marathons in New York since
Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie won the New York City Marathon in the men’s field.
Ghebreslassie finished his debut in New York with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 7 minutes, 51 seconds.
For most of the course, the men’s field was a three-man race between Ghebresiassie, Kenya’s Lucas Rotich and Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa. By mile 20, Ghebreslassie gradually began pulling away.
The 19-year-old beat Rotich by 62 seconds and became the youngest male winner in New York. The previous youngest male winners were Alberto Salazar in 1980 and Tom Fleming in 1973, who won as 22-year-olds.
Defending champion Stanley Biwott withdrew at the 10-mile mark with a right calf injury. He also dropped out in the Rio Olympics after getting sick.
American Abdi Abdirahman placed third.
Desisa, who was the runner-up in New York in 2014 and a two-time Boston Marathonwinner, dropped out at the 22nd mile.
Keitany, a 34-year-old Kenyan, defended her title Sunday in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 24 minutes, 26 seconds, beating countrywoman Joyce Chepkirui by nearly four minutes.
Last year, Keitany pulled away around the 21-mile mark. On Sunday, she began getting a sizable lead at the 15-mile mark as the race crossed the Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan.
Keitany reached Manhattan in less than 90 minutes. As she began running up First Avenue, television commentators referred to her as “The Boss of New York City,” and following the 20-mile mark, Keitany led by more than two minutes.
Molly Huddle placed third in her debut after setting an American record at the 10,000 meters in the Rio Olympics.
Tatyana McFadden won the women’s wheelchair race to sweep the four major marathons for the fourth straight year.
The 27-year-old American finished with an unofficial time of 1:47:43. She completed the Grand Slam by winning in London, Boston, Chicago and New York, extending her record streak to 17 straight wins in major marathons.
McFadden, who won six medals at the Rio Paralympics, took the lead for good at the 15-mile mark and comfortably led the rest of the course to win for the fifth time in New York.
Marcel Hug of Switzerland won his second NYC Marathon title in the men’s race and his sixth marathon this year. He edged Australia’s Kurt Fearnley by a sixth-tenths of a second, repeating their photo finish at last month’s Chicago marathon.
Defending champion Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa came in fourth.