NYC Marathon winners: Flanagan 1st American since 1977

NYC Marathon winners: Flanagan 1st American since 1977

NYC Marathon winners: Flanagan 1st American since 1977

It's been a long time running - four decades to be exact - since an American woman broke the finish line tape at the New York City Marathon, but Olympic medalist Shalane Flanagan did just that on Sunday.

Flanagan's final time of 2:26:53 was nearly a full minute ahead of Keitany's, who finished with 2:27:54.

Kenya's Mary Keitany, bidding for her fourth consecutive victory in the race, was 61 seconds back in second. A pack of nine competitors consistently jockeyed with Keitany for the lead, including three runners making their NY debut: Kenya's Betsy Saina; Ethiopia's Mamitu Daska; and Sara Dossena, an Italian triathlete.

Kamworor returned to Berlin in 2013, where he once again settled third in 2:06:26, as Wilson Kipsang obliterated Makau's world record with new times of 2:03:23 followed Kipchoge in 2:04:05. The race was described as a "very-well policed event, with many layers of security", said New York Police Department Chief Carlos Gomez.

While Flanagan was an overwhelming victor, Kamworor was not assured of his first major victory until the closing meters. Keitany won the last three marathons and was second to Flanagan.

Flanagan placed sixth in the women's marathon in at the Rio Olympics a year ago, the top American finish.

Flanagan became the first American woman in 40 years to win the title with a time of 2 hours 26 minutes and 53 seconds. Flanagan covered the 23rd mile in 5:11, and the 24th mile in 5:04 to build a 28-second lead over Keitany with one mile to go.

In the wheelchair event, the Swiss dominated with Manuela Schar tops among women and Marcel Hug finishing first among the men.

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