Moses Kipsiro of Uganda crosses the finish line to complete the Professional Men’s Division during the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon in Central Park on November 6, 2016 in New York City. AFP
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Moses Kipsiro bounced back from the disappointment of not making it to the Rio Olympics by finishing 7th in a new personal best time of 2:14:18 at the 40th New York City Marathon on Sunday. He took home a prize of $7500.
Kipsiro improved his time by over a minute, his previous best being on his debut, 2:15:48 as he finished 14th in Hamburg early this year. Former Olympic and World champion Stephen Kiprotich holds the national record of 2:06:33 set in Tokyo in 2015.
Reigning world marathon champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea won the 40th New York City Marathon men’s crown Sunday, taking home $100,000 while Kenya’s Mary Keitany took her third consecutive women’s title.
Ghebreslassie won his New York debut in an official time of two hours, seven minutes and 51 seconds — only five seconds off his personal best set in London.
“Winning the New York Marathon is one of my best dreams,” Ghebreslassie said. “I’m really proud of my victory. Nobody from Eritrea has won this marathon before. I’m really proud.”
1. Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (ERI) 2hrs, 7mins 54 secs
2. Lucas Rotich (KEN) 2:08:53
3. Abdi Abdirahman (USA) 2:11:23
4. Hiroyuki Yamamoto (JPN) 2:11:49
5. Shadrack Biwott (USA) 2:12:01
6. Tadesse Yae Dabi (ETH) 2:13;06
7. Moses Kipsiro (UGA) 2:14:18
1st $100,000 6th $10,000 2nd $60,000 7th $7,500 3rd $40,000 8th $5,000 4th $25,000 9th $2,500 5th $15,000 10th $2,000
Eight days shy of his 21st birthday, the prodigy accelerated at the halfway mark and pulled away to become the first men’s champion since 2010 from outside Kenya.
Kenya’s Lucas Rotich was second in 2:08:53 with 39-year-old American Abdi Abdirahman third in 2:11:23 and Japan’s Hiroyuki Yamamoto fourth in his first marathon outside Japan, another 26 seconds adrift.
In the women’s race, Keitany also pulled away to an overwhelming victory, the 34-year-old mother of two winning in 2:24:26.
“I feel good,” Keitany said. “I’m very excited. Winning three times consecutively means a lot to me.”
Keitany, the second-fastest woman in marathon history behind Britain’s Paula Radcliffe, has the longest New York women’s win streak since Norway’s Grete Waitz took five in a row from 1982-1986.
Kenya’s Sally Kipyego was second in 2:28:01, 12 seconds ahead of American Molly Huddle, third in her marathon debut. Kenya’s Joyce Chepkirui, third in Boston this year, was fourth in 2:29:08.
Each champion over the 26.2-mile distance took home a top prize of $100,000.
Ghebreslassie’s triumph came after fourth-place finishes at London and the Rio Olympics.
At the halfway mark, Ghebreslassie, Kenya’s Lucas Rotich and Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa, last year’s Boston Marathon champion, pulled away.
In the 20th mile, Ghebreslassie surged away from Rotich and Desisa, accelerating ahead to leave behind his last threats.
The Eritrean shared a high five with Rotich, running back down the course to greet him before the finish.
“I wanted to shake hands with him,” said Ghebreslassie.
Abdirahman was thrilled to make the podium after a previous best showing of sixth in New York.
“I was a believer anything could happen,” he said. “I did what I was supposed to do. I did what I could control. I was ready to run.”
Biwott out early again
Kenya’s Stanley Biwott, last year’s New York champion, was out before the halfway mark in another disappointment. Biwott dropped halfway into the Rio Olympic marathon, saying he was given the wrong water bottle and that caused stomach issues.
With plenty of time to prepare for her Big Apple run after not being selected to compete at Rio, Keitany outclased the field.
In a pack of 14 after five miles, Keitany picked up the pace and by the 10-mile mark had trimmed the lead group to herself, Chepkirui and Ethiopia’s Aselefech Mergia.
By mile 12, Mergia was falling back and at 15 miles, Keitany had opened a 10-second lead. By mile 16, Chepkirui’s gap was 33 seconds back and growing as Keitany surged to the finish alone.
“I started to run my own race at 15 miles and started to follow my tactics and continue with my race,” she said.
Top finishers from Sunday’s New York City Marathon:
1. Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (ERI) 2hrs, 7mins 54 secs, 2. Lucas Rotich (KEN) 2:08:53, 3. Abdi Abdirahman (USA) 2:11:23, 4. Hiroyuki Yamamoto (JPN) 2:11:49, 5. Shadrack Biwott (USA) 2:12:01, 6. Tadesse Yae Dabi (ETH) 2:13;06, 7. Moses Kipsiro (UGA) 2:14:18, 8. Tyler Pennel (USA) 2:15:09, 9. Ben Payne (USA) 2:15:46, 10. Patrick Smyth (USA) 2:16:34
1. Mary Keitany (KEN) 2:24:26, 2. Sally Kipyego (KEN) 2:28:01, 3. Molly Huddle (USA) 2:28:13, 4. Joyce Chepkirui (KEN) 2:29:08, 5. Diane Nukuri (BDI) 2:33:04, 6. Aselefech Mergia (ETH) 2:33:28, 7. Lanni Marchant (CAN) 2:33:50, 8. Neely Gracey (USA) 2:34:55, 9. Sara Hall (USA) 2:36:12, 10. Ayantu Dakebo Hailemaryam (ETH) 2:37:07