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NEW YORK United States -- Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya is your 2017 New York City Marathon champion! He held off 2014 champ Wilson Kipsang through Central Park. PHOTO COURTESY -- NEW YORK CITY MARATHON 2017

Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor sweeps New York Marathon 2017

NEW YORK 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.

"It’s indescribable.

"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 Beijing Olympics.

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 traded positions.

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 at 2:10:56.

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 this time.

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."
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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 crowds.

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 of hatred.

"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 public place.

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 seconds.

The first male marathoner that hit the finish line was Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya with 2 hours 10 minutes and 53 seconds.

 

             

 

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