Kenyans Sweep NYC Marathon as US Woman Shatters Record

As American Tatyana McFadden shatters women's wheelchair record
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 1, 2015 11:24 AM CST
Kenyans Sweep, US Woman Shatters NYC Marathon Record
Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in New York.    (Jason DeCrow)

Kenya's Stanley Biwott and Mary Keitany have swept the titles at the New York City Marathon. Keitany became the first woman to repeat since Paula Radcliffe in 2008. Biwott won his first major marathon title after finishing second in London last year. He finished in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 34 seconds, beating countryman Geoffrey Kamworor by 14 seconds. Reigning Boston Marathon champ Lelisa Desisa was third. Keitany finished in 2:24:25, beating Ethiopia's Aselefech Mergia by 67 seconds. She pulled away around the 21-mile mark to become the eighth woman to win more than once in New York. Ethiopia's Tigist Tufa took third.

Meanwhile, Tatyana McFadden shattered the women's wheelchair course record in sweeping four major marathons for the third straight year. The 26-year-old American finished Sunday in 1 hour, 43 minutes, 4 seconds. She again completed the Grand Slam of winning in London, Boston, Chicago, and New York, extending her record streak. The previous record of 1:50:24 was set by Amanda McGrory in 2011. Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa won his second NYC Marathon title and first since 2005 in the men's race after finishing runner-up the last two years. He beat American Josh George by a second. Defending champion Kurt Fearnley of Australia fell out of his chair early in the race and came in fifth. (More New York City Marathon stories.)

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