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Shalane Flanagan becomes first American woman to win New York City Marathon since 1977


flanagan ends long drought for american women

NEW YORK — Shalane Flanagan thought about this possibly being her last race. She thought about the running star striding next to her. She thought about her family. She thought about Meb.

With one hellacious holler at the finish, it all poured out.

The four-time Olympian dethroned Mary Keitany on Sunday and became the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon since 1977, potentially ending her career with her first major marathon victory.

It was the last career race for American great Meb Keflezighi. He collapsed at the finish line, his body pushed to its limit. Keflezighi, 42, finished 11th, about five minutes behind winner Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya, 24.

Flanagan, 36, wasn't ready to say this was her final race, but she likes the idea of going out with Keflezighi: "I was thinking of Meb, and I was thinking of how I wanted to make him proud.''

Flanagan finished in 2 hours, 26 minutes, 53 seconds, about a minute faster than Keitany, a Kenyan who had won the race three straight years.

Keflezighi waved and blew kisses to the grandstands through the home stretch. "It was a beautiful victory lap," Keflezighi said.


Rays get down to it today

Free agency officially opens today when players can start signing with new teams at 5 p.m. Though the Rays have holes to fill including first base and in the bullpen, their immediate focus will be on RHP Alex Cobb, who they hope signs elsewhere. They are expected to make a qualifying offer today, gambling he will pass on a one-year, $17.4 million contract to get a bigger deal elsewhere. That would give them an extra draft pick.


SOCCER: Manchester City opened an eight-point lead in the Premier League with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal when second-place Manchester United lost 1-0 at Chelsea. … Lyon's 5-0 victory over host Saint-Etienne in the French league was delayed for about 30 minutes when Nabil Fekir raised his shirt to taunt fans after his second goal, resulting in objects thrown and fans descending from the stands while riot police sprinted onto the field to restore order.

tennis: Jack Sock, the 16th seed, beat qualifier Filip Krajinovic 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 in the Paris Masters final, the 25-year-old American's fourth and biggest title. That qualified Sock for the season-ending ATP Finals in London, to face Roger Federer and the other six who made it. … Julia Goerges beat CoCo Vandeweghe 7-5, 6-1 in the WTA Elite Trophy final in Zhuhai, China.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer; Times wires