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NYC Marathon: a 3-peat and a debut win

NEW YORK — It was quite a run at the New York City Marathon for Mary Keitany. And a pretty swift debut for Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, too.

Keitany won the women's race Sunday for the third straight time, pulling away with more than 10 miles to go and breezing home to the finish line in Central Park in 2 hours, 24 minutes, 26 seconds.

"Alone in the streets," the 34-year-old Kenyan said — except for the cheering fans who packed the course to root on the record 52,049 runners from 120 nations as they ran through all five of the city's boroughs.

At 20, Ghebreslassie became the youngest men's winner. Alberto Salazar (1980) and Tom Fleming (1973) won at 22. Ghebreslassie is the first runner representing Eritrea to win. He finished his debut in 2:07:51.

"I'm really proud of it," he said.

Keitany beat Kenyan Sally Kipyego by nearly four minutes and became the first woman to win three in a row since Grete Waitz took five straight from 1982-86.

American Molly Huddle was third in 2:28:13 in her marathon debut. She set a U.S. record in the 10,000 meters while finishing sixth at the Olympics in August.

For most of the course, the men's field was a three-man race among Ghebreslassie, Kenya's Lucas Rotich and Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa. By Mile 20, Ghebreslassie gradually began pulling away. He beat Rotich by 62 seconds, and American Abdi Abdirahman was third in 2:11:23.

Desisa, the runnerup in 2014 and a two-time Boston Marathon winner, dropped out at Mile 22. Defending champion Stanley Biwott of Kenya withdrew at 10 miles with a right calf injury.

Tatyana McFadden won the women's wheelchair race in 1:47:43 to sweep the London, Boston, Chicago and New York events for the fourth straight year, giving her 17 straight wins overall in major marathons. Marcel Hug of Switzerland won the men's division for the second year in a row.

NYC Marathon: a 3-peat and a debut win 11/06/16 [Last modified: Sunday, November 6, 2016 8:45pm]
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