Mary Keitany won her third straight women’s title for Kenya on Sunday (6/11/16) to become the first woman to win three consecutive marathons in New York since Grete Waltz’s five-year run from 1982 to 1986.
The 34-year-old defended her title in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 24 minutes, 26 seconds.
Her counterpart Sally Kipyego came in second place at 2:28:01 while American Molly Huddle, running her first competitive marathon, came in third at 2:28:13.
Race director Peter Ciaccia wrapped the Kenyan flag around Keintany’s shoulders at the finish line.
Some of her remarkable achievements include a silver she won at the 2007 IAAF World Road Running Championships becoming the World Half Marathon champion two years later.
She won the 2012 London Marathon with a personal best of 2:18:37 hours, making her the second fastest woman ever in the event.
Her personal best of 1:05:50 in the half marathon is the former women’s world record and second fastest of all-time.
She also holds the world record in the women’s 10 miles (50:05 minutes), 20 km (62:36), and the 25 km (1:19:53).
In the men’s showdown, Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie won the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 7 minutes, 51 seconds.
According to ABC news, for most of the course, the men’s field was a three-man race between Ghebreslassie, Kenya’s Lucas Rotich and Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa. By mile 20, Ghebreslassie gradually began pulling away.
The 19-year-old beat Rotich by 62 seconds and became the youngest male winner in New York.
The previous youngest male winners were Alberto Salazar in 1980 and Tom Fleming in 1973, who won as 22-year-olds.
Defending champion Stanley Biwott withdrew at the 10-mile mark with a right calf injury. American Abdi Abdirahman came in third.
Biwott issued a statement about his inability to finish.
“I feel very upset since I came to New York to defend my title. I had a calf problem three weeks ago but I went through treatment and I felt ready. I had to realize that I could not make it to the finish line, Biwott indicated.