Ghebreslassie and Keitany dominate New York marathon
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[November 07, 2016]
(Reuters) - Eritrean world
champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie and Kenyan Mary Keitany powered to
dominant victories in the New York City Marathon on Sunday.
The 20-year-old Ghebreslassie won the men's race in two hours, seven
minutes and 51 seconds, more than a minute ahead of Kenyan Lucas
Keitany became the first woman in three decades to win three
consecutive New York marathons with a runaway performance.
The 34-year-old took the lead by the ninth mile, made a major move
by the 15th mile and won by more than three minutes in 2:24:26.
Ghebreslassie's victory ended a string of four victories in a row by
Kenyan men in the race and denied the African nation a fourth
consecutive sweep of New York men's and women's titles.
"I am really proud with my victory today to be the first one from my
country," said Ghebreslassie. "Nobody before from Eritrea won in the
Fourth in both this year's London Marathon and the Rio Olympics, New
York's youngest ever winner joined Rotich and Ethiopian Lelisa
Desisa in breaking away from a crowded pack at about the 22km mark.
By 35km Ghebreslassie held a 20 second lead over Rotich and was
Third went to 39-year-old American Abdi Abdirahman (2:11:23).
Defending champion Stanley Biwott, suffering from calf problems, was
never a factor and dropped out before 15km.
American Dathan Ritzenhein, among the early leaders, also failed to
finish, pulling out at mile 19.
Keitany became the first woman to win the race three consecutive
times since eight-time winner Grete Waitz's streak of five in a row
ended in 1986.
"Winning three times means a lot to me," said Keitany. "It's not
easy but I got it."
She joined Waitz and Britain's Paul Radcliffe as the only women to
win the race at least three times. Radcliffe's titles came in 2004,
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Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Ethiopia crosses the finish line to win the
mens field of the 2016 New York City Marathon in Central Park in the
Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S. November 6, 2016.
Only fellow Kenyan Joyce Chepkirui was in contention after 20km and
Keitany, who surprisingly was not picked for Kenya's Rio Olympic
team, pulled steadily away.
Compatriot Sally Kipyego took second in 2:28.01 and U.S. Olympian
Molly Huddle made her marathon debut in an impressive 2:28:13 for
Olympic triathlon gold medalist Gwen Jorgensen was 14th and fellow
American Kim Conley 16th in their marathon debuts.
U.S. Rio Paralympic silver medalist Tatyana McFadden continued her
dominance of New York women's wheelchair racing, winning her fourth
consecutive title in 1:47:43.
The victory was the fifth overall in the race and 17th major
marathon win for McFadden, who defeated Swiss Manuela Schar by more
than a minute.
Swiss Rio champion Marcel Hug narrowly edged out five-time winner
Kurt Fearnley of Australia in the men's race.
Hug, who was running his sixth marathon of the year, was given the
win in 1:35:49. He also won in 2013.
(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina, editing by
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