Shalane Flanagan becomes first US woman to win New York marathon since 1977

  • Thirty-six year-old has said she may retire with victory
  • Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya wins men’s race with Wilson Kipsang second

Shalane Flanagan dethroned Mary Keitany on Sunday and became the first American woman to win the New York City marathon since 1977, potentially ending the 36-year-old’s decorated career with her first major marathon victory.

Keitany had won three straight New York Marathons, but Flanagan pulled away from the Kenyan with about three miles to go. Flanagan finished with an unofficial time of two hours, 26 minutes and 53 seconds, about a minute faster than Keitany. Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya held off countryman Wilson Kipsang to win New York Marathon, his first major marathon win.

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