Shalane Flanagan Solves NYC Marathon for American Women

Rosalie Stanley
November 6, 2017

Shalane Flanagan won the 47th New York City Marathon on Sunday, becoming the first able-bodied American to win the women's event in 40 years.

Flanagan's final time of 2:26:53 was nearly a full minute ahead of Keitany's, who finished with 2:27:54. Times won't be official until later this month.

American running great and 2009 NY victor Meb Keflezighi completed his 26th and final marathon, collapsing as he crossed the finish. As she crossed the finish line, Flanegan had tears in her eyes, crying and wrapping herself in an American flag when she realized that she had come first in a race with over 50,000 competitors.

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She holds the American records for the 3,000-meter indoor and 5,000-meter indoor races. The Massachusettes native said earlier that if she were to win her first major marathon on Sunday, it could be her last 26.2-mile race at age 36.

Keitany, victor of this year's London Marathon and the fastest ever in a women's only marathon, had been expected to run away with the race but a slow pace allowed Flanagan and others to stay with her early. She placed second in her debut in 2010.

On the men's side, Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor beat out countryman and 2014 victor Wilson Kipsang for his first major marathon victory, with a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 53 seconds.

The wheelchair division was a sweep for Swiss athletes, with Manuela Schar and Marcel Eric Hug winning.

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