Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa won the men's race at the New York City Marathon on Sunday with a time of 2 hours, 5 minutes and 59 seconds. So she was in front of two other runners near the finish in Central Park. Mary Keitany, the world record holder of the Women's Marathon, won the women's race with a time of 2 hours 22 minutes and 48 seconds, her fourth victory in the event.
28-year-old Desisa won his first marathon in New York and defeated Shura Kitata, 22, also from Ethiopia, and Geoffrey Kamworor, 25, of Kenya, the defending champion.
The race, with more than 50,000 runners snaking 26.2 miles through all five districts, unfolded in buttery autumn sunshine on a cool, breezy morning that spawned thousands of spectators.
Keitany, 36, from Kenya, made her sixth appearance at the New York Marathon.
She finished second last year but won in 2014, 2015 and 2016. She defeated Vivian Cheruiyot (35) from Kenya, who ran 2 hours 26 minutes and 2 seconds, and Shalane Flanagan (37) from the United States, who finished third Third time was 2 hours 26 minutes 22 seconds.
Keitany was back where she feels most comfortable at the women's marathon – way ahead of the rest of the pack. She ran alone when she hit Manhattan and only accelerated when she got to the finish.
The top finishers among the women were hunted by an all-star team of American distance runners who challenged Keitany together, but could not reach the pace she was able to cover since she was nearly a minute per mile in the second half of the race dropped race.
Keitany finished second in the marathon to Flanagan last year. In her last victory in 2016, she retired after the half-marathon mark and beat her next challenger by three and a half minutes.