USA’s Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon since 1977. Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor won the men’s title.

By Zach Schonbrun and Malika Andrews (The New York Times) |

NEW YORK CITY, NY― Shalane Flanagan ended a four-decade drought for American women in the New York City Marathon on Sunday, dethroning one of the giants of the sport in the process.

Flanagan’s unofficial time was 2 hours 26 minutes 53 seconds, fast enough to beat the three-time defending champion Mary Keitany of Kenya and become the first American woman to win since Miki Gorman in 1977.

Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya, a two-time world champion in the half-marathon, won the men’s race. His time was 2:10:53. Wilson Kipsang of Kenya finished second in 2:10:56, and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia was third in 2:11:32.

Mary Keitany of Kenya had won three straight New York marathons, but Shalane Flanagan pulled away from the Kenyan great with about three miles to go. Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska, her first time to compete on NYC Marathon, finished third clocking 2:28:08.

The footsteps behind Shalane Flanagan quietly dropped off and she could see nothing but history in front of her. It had been 40 years since an American woman won the New York City Marathon. Flanagan, at age 36, was running fast and free.

TCS NYC Marathon 2017 Top Results
· Woen’s Title
1. Shalane Flanagan (USA) 2:26:53
2. Mary Keitany (KEN) 2:27:54
3. Mamitu Daska (ETH) 2:28:08
· Men’s Title
1. Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN) 2:10:53
2. Wilson Kipsang (KEN) 2:10:56
3. Lelisa Desisa (ETH) 2:11:32

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