In the most anticipated race of the year, Kenya’s local Mary Keitany made it her third consecutive win in the New York City Marathon that took place on Sunday, 10th November 2016. Keitany won by quite a margin, leaving the runner-ups out of sight of track, as she made it to the finishing line in just 2 hours 24 minutes and 26 seconds. She covered almost half of the track alone as she pulled ahead of her competitors before the 10 mile mark and then never looked back.
As for the men’s race, the trophy went to Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, a 20-year-old Eritrean. He is now the youngest winner in the history of the marathon. Ghirmay managed to pull away from a tight pack of three at 20 miles and covered rest of the track alone in just 2 hours 7 minutes and 51 seconds.
Following Ghebreslassie were Lucas Rotich of Kenya, Abdi Abdirahman – Somali-born American who is based in Arizona. The two finished the marathon at 2:08:53 and 2:11:23 respectively.
Keitany;s astonishing win with a huge margin made the race quite interesting as the runner ups strived for the second and third positions on the podium. Sally Kipyego – 2012 Olympic silver medalist and Molly Huddle – making her debut in marathon from United States finished at 2:28:01 and 2:28:13 respectively.
Keitany is the second woman to make a record for the most consecutive wins. The biggest record holder is Grete Waitz who won for five consecutive times from 1982 to 1986.
Keitany made it very clear to her rivals and all the bystanders that she was there to run as she crossed five boroughs by running alone. She is Kenya’s record holder with 2:18:37 and second-fastest runner in the history of marathon. However, Kenya dropped her this year from Olympics as she bumped into Jemima Sumgong in London Marathon at about five miles to the finish line and eventually failed to win. This mishap gave her much time to prepare for her fall race,
Ghebreslassie, who won the world championship in Beijing in 2015 at age 19, finished in fourth place at the Rio Olympics this year. He is the first Eritrean citizen to win the New York City Marathon; the Eritrean-born Meb Keflezighi has also won, but as an American citizen.
Gwen Jorgensen, who won gold in the triathlon at the Rio Olympics, finished in 14th in the women’s race, in 2:41:01.