United States (Xinhua) --
American Shalane Flanagan and Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor
won women’s and men’s titles apiece at the 2017 New York
Marathon on Sunday.
Flanagan became the first
American woman in 40 years to win the title with a time
of 2 hours 26 minutes and 53 seconds.
Kenya’s Mary Keitany, who was chasing her fourth
consecutive New York victory, was second with 61 seconds
back. Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska came third in 2:28:08.
"This is a moment I’ve dreamed of since I was a
little girl," the 36-year-old Flanagan said.
"These are the moments we dream of to realize our
potential and see how incredible we can be," she added.
Not since Miki Gorman in 1977 had a US woman won the
showcase marathon event.
Flanagan, the 2010 New York marathon runner-up, was
sixth in last year’s Rio Olympic marathon.
She was also the 10,000m runner-up at the 2008
The 2017 event, covering 26.2 miles (42.1km) across
the city streets, was held just five days after a deadly
Manhattan truck attack that left eight people dead.
New York heavily bolstered security for the event,
parking more sand trucks to prevent vehicle attacks and
stationing extra police on streets.
More than 50,000 participants ran the world famous
race and some 2.5 million people packed the streets to
cheer on the athletes from around the world.
"We’re a very resilient nation and I don’t think
there are many tougher people than New Yorkers, and
marathoners are pretty tough too," said Flanagan.
"I think it’s an opportunity to show resilience and
strength coming together.
"And when you come together as a community it really
empowers people and helps people heal."
At 15 miles, nine athletes broke away from the front
pack with Keitany grabbing the lead. At 21 miles, the
pack whittled to three: Keitany, Daska and Flanagan, and
the final race was on.
The pace picked up and all three runners continually
At mile 23, Flanagan, the runner from Massachusetts,
pulled away and took the lead for good.
In men’s race, Kamworor held off compatriot Wilson
Kipsang’s late challenge to win at a time of 2:10:53.
Kipsang, the 2014 winner, settled for the second place
Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia was third at 2:11:32.
Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, the 2016 winner,
started strong in defending his crown, surging ahead
twice but being overtaken quickly by the pack each time.
By the time the lead pack entered Central Park,
Ghebreslassie was nowhere in sight.
His 2016 performance was the third-fastest time ever
recorded on New York’s challenging course, but he faded
It was a breakthrough performance for the 24-year-old
Kamworor, a two times world champion in half-marathon.
He’s the 14th Kenyan to win the men’s race here.
"I’m so happy.
|I feel so great to be the champion," Kamworor said.
"This is my first marathon victory.
"I’m so happy and so delighted."
New York City Marathon held in tight security in wake
of terrorist attack
NEW YORK United States (Xinhua) --
The New York City
Marathon was held Sunday with heavy police presence as
the massive event through all the five boroughs of the
city was just days after a terrorist attack in Manhattan
that killed eight people.
Neither the fear for another attack or the humidity
brought by a light breeze could deter people—New Yorkers
and visitors—from coming out and lining up the streets
to cheer the marathoners on—with cow bells and placards.
"It’s really beautiful because this is honestly the
worst nightmare for a terrorist—that people from all
nations and faiths get together, run, people of all
backgrounds cheering them on, and it goes on schedule
despite an attack in the same week.
"That is a message we’ll send to the whole world,"
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told WABC-TV before
the start of the marathon with about 50,000 runners.
"This race is one of the best examples to all the
rest of the world about what is great about New York
City and America."
Spectators say security is notably tighter than last
year. Major intersections were blocked by police cars
and runners are escorted by police vehicles.
Police officers equipped with heavy weapons could be
seen along the route.
The New York Police Department also deployed
extra-heavy "block trucks" to prevent vehicle attacks on
Despite heavy security and the fact the Tuesday’s
truck attack was the worst in the city since the 9/11
terrorist attacks, and the terrorist attack on the 2013
Boston Marathon, people came out en masse in defiance.
"The terrorists, for as much hatred as they have ...
we have a lot more to love in this world that will
always outpower that. They can scare us with their acts
"But acts of kindness or triumph will always come out
stronger," said Cece Marizu, a New Yorker in her 20s.
For Abbigail Rioux, a Canadian who has been living in
New York for 15 years, Tuesday’s truck attack was more
personal because she was a regular bicyclist on the very
path that was plowed by the rented pickup truck.
"I was not biking that day," she told Xinhua.
Despite the narrow escape, Rioux remained defiant.
She admitted that the threat of terrorism crosses in
her mind all the time before she decides to go to a
But she argued that if people choose to stay home
because of the fear, they are stuck as prisoners to that
and will let terrorists’ fear tactics win.
"We can’t live in fear, we can’t show them
(terrorists) we live in fear.
"Otherwise their tactics worked on us."
She said Sunday’s marathon was a good example.
"I made a choice knowing this is a huge event with a
lot of people," she explained.
In Sunday’s race, American runner Shalane Flanagan
won the women’s title with 2 hours 26 minutes and 53
The first male marathoner that hit the finish line
was Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya with 2 hours 10 minutes
and 53 seconds.