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06 November 2017, 12:53 | Ken Black
Mary Keitany wins the London Marathon Mary Keitany wins the London Marathon
Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman for 40 years to win the New York Marathon as she captured her first major world title.
On the men's side, Geoffrey Kamworwor was the victor in an unofficial 2:10:53, three years faster than Wilson Kipsang in a race that marked the 26th and final marathon as a professional for Meb Keflezighi, Now 42, the man whose bib says simply "Meb", won the NYC marathon in 2009 and the Boston Marathon in 2014.
Flanagan previously finished second in the 2010 NYC Marathon.
Kamworor took his first victory at the distance in his seventh marathon start.
Kipsang, the 2014 NY champion, was three seconds back with Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa third in 2:11:32.
Keitany was seeking to cap a career year, in which she won the London Marathon with a blistering time of 2:17:01, a women's-only record.
Flanagan pulled away from Keitany and Ethiopia's Mamitu Daska at the 23-mile mark to emulate compatriot Miki Gorman's success in 1977.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city was expecting 2 million fans to line the course.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the event being staged as planned was "a terrorist's worst nightmare" for bringing together people from a variety of cultures with resiliency despite the deadly attack.
Beverly Ramos ran the race with a Puerto Rican flag headband two months after her home island was ravaged by Hurricane Maria. Still, she chose to continue training near San Juan, seeking out safe places to run amid the wreckage.
Comedian Kevin Hart is the biggest celebrity running NY. Forget about chasing gold - the actor and fitness nut was mostly anxious about avoiding humiliation. "I'm looking forward to coming back next year".
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