Kenya's Keitany Wins 3rd Straight NYC Marathon

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 6, 2016 11:33 AM CST
Kenya's Keitany Wins 3rd Straight NYC Marathon
Mary Keitany of Kenya celebrates after winning the professional women's athlete division in the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

(Newser) – Mary Keitany ran away with her third New York City Marathon in a row, reports the AP, with the 34-year-old Kenyan logging an unofficial time Sunday of 2 hours, 24 minutes, 26 seconds to become the first woman to string together three straight victories since the 1980s. And she did so convincingly, finishing nearly four minutes ahead of her nearest rival, Joyce Chepkirui of Kenya. On Sunday, Keitany began getting a sizable lead at the 15-mile mark as the race crossed the Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan. Keitany reached Manhattan in less than 90 minutes. As she began running up First Avenue, TV commentators dubbed her "The Boss of New York City," and following the 20-mile mark, Keitany led by more than two minutes. Molly Huddle placed third in her debut after setting an American record in the 10,000 meters in the Rio Olympics.

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  • Eritrea's Ghirmay Ghebresiassie has won the men's field, finishing his debut in New York with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 7 minutes, 51 seconds. For most of the course, the men's field was a three-man race between Ghebresiassie, Kenya's Lucas Rotich and Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa. By mile 20, Ghebresiassie gradually began pulling away.
  • Tatyana McFadden has swept the four major marathons for the fourth straight year by winning the women's wheelchair race. The 27-year-old American finished Sunday with an unofficial time of 1 hour, 47 minutes, 43 seconds. She again completed the Grand Slam by winning in London, Boston, Chicago and New York, extending her record streak to 17 straight wins in major marathons.
Meanwhile, Will Reeve, Christopher and Dana Reeve's son, is running the race to raise money for his parents' foundation. For a look at the history of the marathon, click here. (Read more New York City Marathon stories.)

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