TCS New York City Marathon held Sunday

Sheri Evans
November 6, 2017

Flanagan became the first American woman since Miki Gorman in 1977 to win the race, finishing in an unofficial time of 2:26:53.

Kamworor broke away from a pool of four athletes with three kilometres to go to win in 2 hours, 10 minutes and 53 seconds.

American women had not won in NY since Miki Gorman claimed her second consecutive title in 1977.

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

"This is the moment I have dreamed off since I was a little girl", Flanagan said after the race, tears streaming down her face.

Flanagan, who holds the American records for the indoor 3,000 and 5,000 meters and won a bronze medal - later upgraded to a silver - in the 10,000 meters at the 2008 Olympics, finished second in the 2010 New York City Marathon and sixth in the marathon at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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On the men's side, Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor beat out countryman and 2014 victor Wilson Kipsang for his first major marathon victory, with a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 53 seconds. The race was described as a "very-well policed event, with many layers of security", said New York Police Department Chief Carlos Gomez.

Flanagan's win disrupted the marathon dominance of Kenya's Mary Keitany.

Flanagan placed sixth in the women's marathon in at the Rio Olympics past year, the top American finish.

Manuela Schaer stunned five-times champion Tatyana McFadden in the women's race, defeating the American by nearly three minutes in 1:48.09.

Hug, who won last year's race by sixth hundredths of a second, finished over two minutes clear of Canada's Josh Cassidy to win his third NY title.

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