Flanagan, Kamworor win in New York Marathon

Esther Moore
November 6, 2017

On the men's side, Geoffrey Kamworwor was the victor in an unofficial 2:10:53, three years faster than Wilson Kipsang in a race that marked the 26th and final marathon as a professional for Meb Keflezighi, Now 42, the man whose bib says simply "Meb", won the NYC marathon in 2009 and the Boston Marathon in 2014.

NEW YORK (AP) - Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya has won the New York City Marathon, holding off countryman Wilson Kipsang by three seconds for his first major victory.

Flanagan, 36, finished in 2 hours, 26 minute, 53 seconds.

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

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.

Keitany struggled home in 2:27:54 for second with Ethiopia's Mamitu Daska third in 2:28:08. Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia was third at 2:11:32.

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"It's a moment I'm trying to soak up and savor", she said, according to the station.

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.

It was Flanagan's first marathon of the year following a left hip injury in January.

More than 50,000 runners participated across the different groups.

Former victor Meb Keflezighi, who was running his final competitive marathon at age 42, finished 11th in 2:15:29.

The wheelchair division was a sweep for Swiss athletes, with Manuela Schar and Marcel Eric Hug winning.

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