Shalane Flanagan has become the first American woman to win NYC( New York City) Marathon since 1977 by defeating 3-time defending champion Mary Keitany. The last American woman who won the race was Miki Gorman.
Flanagan finished with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 26 minutes and 53 seconds, which is one minute and one second ahead of Keitany. The Olympic medalist cried and yelled when she reached closer to finish line alone.
The 36-year-old said said, “It’s indescribable. It’s a moment I’m trying to soak up and savor. I’ve dreamed of a moment like this since I was a little girl so this means a lot to me, to my family, and hopefully inspires the next generation of American women to just be patient.”
She added, “These are the moments that we dream of as athletes, and this is going to feel good for a really long time.” It was the second time that Flanagan participated in the New York City Marathon since 2010.
During her career, she won bronze medal(later upgraded to silver) in 10,000 meters at 2008 Olympics and bronze medal at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. She finished sixth in the women’s marathon at 2016 Summer Olympics with finished time 2:25:26. In addition to this, she holds the American records for the 3000-meter(indoor) and 5000-meter(indoor).
In the Men’s race, long-distance runner Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya defeated Wilson Kipsang with a finished time of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 53 seconds. After crossing the finish line, he kissed the pavement and then turned to embrace Kipsang.