Athletics – New York Marathon: Lelisa Desisa & Mary Keitany Win Titles
Kenya’s Mary Keitany won the New York Marathon for the fourth time in five years as Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa fixed the men’s title.
Keitany, 36, was second in 2017 yet won back the title in an informal time of 2 hours 22 minutes 48 seconds.
Breaking News: Lelisa Desisa pulled ahead late to win the men’s race in the New York City Marathon in 2:05:59. Mary Keitany won the women’s race with 2:22:48. https://t.co/t4dpF30Iai
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 4, 2018
She completed just about four minutes in front of countryman Vivian Cheruiyot, while the USA’s Shalane Flanagan was third.
Desisa, 28, held off Ethiopian countryman Shura Kitata by two seconds to win the men’s race.
In stark contrast, in a tight men’s race Lelisa Desisa makes a crucial move past Geoffrey Kamworor to gain an edge at 40km but it’s not over yet ‘as Tola Shura finishes strong behind but Desisa has enough left to hold off for a first marathon win since Boston 2015 in 2h05:59 (SB) pic.twitter.com/9g69maMQWL
— Costas Goulas (@lsabre_Avenger) November 4, 2018
A two-time champ in Boston, he went too far in an informal time of 2:05.59, only 54 seconds short of the New York men’s record set by Geoffrey Mutai in 2011.
Mary Keitany’s split from 25k to 35k in the 2018 NYC Marathon was 30:53.
For reference, 10k track PRs
Des Linden: 31:37
Shalane Flanagan: 30:22
Molly Huddle: 30:13
— Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) November 4, 2018
An amazing athlete, Mary Keitany — won the NYC Marathon in 2014, 2015 and 2016 — took off 2017 to have a baby — and today won her 4th #NYCMarathon, in 2:22, nearly 2 minutes faster than her previous wins!. Wow. pic.twitter.com/R1U1X7CuQB
— ‘Abbey’ (@DaveRhody) November 4, 2018
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