Flanagan becomes first American woman to win NYC Marathon in 40 years

Flanagan becomes first American woman to win NYC Marathon in 40 years

Flanagan became the first American woman in 40 years to win the title with a time of 2 hours 26 minutes and 53 seconds.

Shalane Flanagan came to the finish line of the New York City Marathon and enveloped herself in an American flag, the magnitude of what she had accomplished bringing her to tears and to her knees.

Kenya's Mary Keitany, who was chasing her fourth consecutive NY victory, was second with 61 seconds back.

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

"It's indescribable. These are the moments we dream of to realize our potential and see how incredible we can be", she added.

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The last American woman to win the marathon was Miki Gorman in 1977, according to the New York Times.

"So I was thinking of other people when it started to hurt", said Flanagan, the 2008 Olympic 10,000 meters silver medalist.

The men's title went to Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor, who held off countryman Wilson Kipsang. Kipsang settled for the second place at 2:10:56. Kenya's Wilson Kipsang took second place, finishing in 2:10:56, and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, victor of the 2013 and 2015 Boston Marathons, finished third in 2:11:32. "This is my first marathon victory".

"I'm so happy. I feel so great to be the champion", Kamworor said. "I'm so happy and so delighted".

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.

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