Kenyan athlete Mary Keitany won her third consecutive race, clocking 2 hours 24 minutes 26 seconds. Keitany dominated the five-borough course, winning in style.
The 34-year-old mother of two became the first able-bodied runner to win three consecutive New York City Marathons since Grete Waitz won five straight from 1982-1986. With the win, the Kenyan Champion is now placed in the top three in all four New York City Marathons she has competed in. Fellow Kenyan runner Sally Kipyego, finished second in a time of 2:28:01.
History was also made in the men’s race which was won by 20-year-old Eritrean, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, in 2:07:51. Ghebreslassie is the youngest winner in the history of the New York City Marathon.
Kenya’s Lucas Rotich took second in 2:08:53.
The prize money for both the men’s and women’s winner of the race is $100,000 and $60,000 for second place.
A big congratulations to the African athletes on their historic achievements.