Published: Mon, November 06, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Shalane Flanagan becomes first American woman since 1977 to win NYC Marathon

Shalane Flanagan becomes first American woman since 1977 to win NYC Marathon

Thousands of runners from across the world compete in the New York City Marathon each year, but this year, the runner to emerge victorious made modern history for the United States.

American Shalane Flanagan and Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor won women's and men's titles apiece at the 2017 New York Marathon on Sunday.

Flanagan finished the 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 26 minutes, 53 seconds, about a minute faster than second-place finisher Kenyan Mary Keitany, the three-time defending champion. After she broke the finish-line tape, she began to cry, hugged a couple of people nearby, and then wrapped herself in the American flag.

American running great and 2009 NY victor Meb Keflezighi completed his 26th and final marathon, collapsing as he crossed the finish.

Flanagan had said she may retire if she won NY.

The marathon will be held five days after the bike-path terror attack in lower Manhattan that killed eight people, putting security on the minds of planners, racers and onlookers. The 35-year-old Kenyan has won here three straight years, including by 3 minutes, 34 seconds last year - the biggest margin in the women's race since 1980.

Flanagan, Keitany and Ethiopia's Mamitu Daska were step-and-step until the 24th mile.

Kipsang is one of five men in the NY field to have run a marathon in under 2:07 - the others are Tadesse Abraham (Switzerland), Lemi Berhanu (Ethiopia), Lelisa Desisa (Ethiopia) and Geoffrey Kamworor (Kenya).

Among celebrities in the race, Kevin Hart had the best request.

At the 2011 Berlin Marathon, Kamworor pushed Patrick Makau to break the world marathon record with new times of 2:03:38 as Ethiopian Yemane Tsegay won in 2012 Rotterdam. "The course is fantastic", Kamworor said. I don't want to see a bunch of memes of me looking bad out here.

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