11/5/2017 9:37:13 PM

Kenya's Kamworor wins New York Marathon men's crown


New York, United States: Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor won the New York City Marathon men's title on Sunday, taking his first victory at the distance as the race took place just five days after a deadly Manhattan truck attack left eight people dead.

Two years after losing the lead late in the 26.2-mile (42.1km) race, Kamworor held off compatriot Wilson Kipsang to win in an unofficial time of 2hrs 10mins 53secs.

Kipsang, the 2014 New York champion, was three seconds back with Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa third in 2:11:32.

Kamworor, 24, was in only his seventh marathon. He settled for second in 2015 to Kenyan Stanley Biwott after being overtaken late in the race.

Kipsang, 35, won in Tokyo earlier this year and raced in September's Berlin Marathon but quit after 30km.

Expanded security lined the route of the world-famous race, which saw an estimated 50,000 runners from more than 125 nations compete across the Big Apple streets.

Meanwhile, Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman in 40 years to win in New York.

Flanagan, who not did run this year's Boston Marathon due to a back injury, captured her first major world marathon crown in an unofficial time of 2hrs 26mins 53secs.

Kenya's Mary Keitany, who was chasing her fourth consecutive New York victory, settled for second, 61 seconds back, with Ethiopia's Mamitu Daska third in 2:28:08.

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