Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa win the men’s title and Kenya’s Mary Keitany win women’s title of the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon. Lelisa’s finishing time, 2:05:59, is the second fastest time in the race’s 48 years.

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. (The New York Times)―Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the men’s race in the New York City Marathon on Sunday, with a time of 2 hours 5 minutes 59 seconds, surging ahead of two other runners near the finish in Central Park. Mary Keitany, one of the fastest female marathon runners ever, won the women’s race with a time of 2:22:48, her fourth victory in the event and the second-fastest time on this course.

Lelisa Desisa, 28, won his first New York City Marathon, defeating Shura Kitata, 22, also of Ethiopia, and Geoffrey Kamworor, 25, of Kenya, the defending champion and the prerace favorite. The runners ran the second-, third- and fourth-fastest times on the course.

The race, with more than 50,000 participants winding 26.2 miles through all five boroughs, unfolded in buttery fall sunshine on a cool, breezy morning that brought out hundreds of thousands of spectators.

Mary Keitany, 36, of Kenya, made her sixth appearance in the New York City Marathon. She became only the third person to win the race four times.

She came in second last year but won in 2014, 2015 and 2016. She beat Vivian Cheruiyot, 35, of Kenya, who ran 2:26:02 and Shalane Flanagan, 37, of the United States, who came in third with a time of 2:26:22, faster than the time she ran to win last year’s race.

New York City Marathon 2018 top results: 
Women’s Title:
1. Mary Keitany (KEN) – 2:22:48
2. Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) – 2:26:02
3. Shalane Flangan (USA) – 2:26:22

Men’s Title:
1. Lelisa Desisa (ETH) – 2:05:59
2. Shura Kitata (ETH) – 2:06:01
3. Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN) – 2:06:26

In the wheelchair division, Daniel Romanchuk of the United States upset the defending men’s champion, Marcel Hug of Switzerland, by one second in 1:36:21. Manuela Schar of Switzerland won the women’s race, her second victory in the event.

Keitany’s time was 17 seconds off the women’s course record, held by Margaret Okayo of Kenya with a time of 2:22:31 set in 2003.

Keitany joined Grete Waitz as the only women to win the New York City Marathon four times. Waitz, a Norwegian, won the race nine times from 1978 to 1988.

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