Flanagan, Kamworor win in New York Marathon

Shalane Flanagan in action at the Boston Marathon Shalane Flanagan in action at the Boston Marathon

Flanagan is the first woman to win the race since 1977 when Miki Gorman won in 2:43:10.

Shalane Flanagan came to the finish line of the New York City Marathon and enveloped herself in an American flag, the magnitude of what she had accomplished bringing her to tears and to her knees.

She finished with an unofficial time of 2 hours 26 minutes 53 seconds - which is pretty dang fast.

Kenya's Mary Keitany, who was chasing her fourth consecutive NY victory, was second with 61 seconds back.

The marathon was run against the backdrop of heightened security after a terrorist attack earlier in the week killed eight people on a bike path in the city.




In men's event, Kamworor held off compatriot Wilson Kipsang's challenge to win at a time of 2:10:53.

While Flanagan was an overwhelming victor, Kamworor was not assured of his first major victory until the closing meters.

More than 50,000 runners from about 125 nations took part in the race across five boroughs. Flanagan's time is the second fastest time ever clocked by a US woman in the race. She finished sixth in the Rio Olympics marathon. 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.

Swiss athletes swept the wheelchair titles.

Keitany, victor of this year's London Marathon and the fastest ever in a women's only marathon, had been expected to run away with the race but a slow pace allowed Flanagan and others to stay with her early. Emmanuel Mutai from Kenya settled second in 2:03:13 followed by Ethiopian Abera Kuma in 2:05:56 and Kamworor 2:06:39.

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