Ethiopian Athletes won Bronze both in the men’s and women’s events of New York City marathon today.
Lelisa Desisa finished third in the men’s race that featured plenty of drama, with Kamworor holding off countryman Wilson Kipsang by just three seconds in a mad dash to the finish, earning his first win in the process. Kamworor came in with a time of 2:10:53, followed by Kipsang in second place and Lelisa Desisa coming in third with a time of 2:11:32. Desisa has won Boston marathon on two occasions, in 2013 and 2015.
Meb Kiflehzighi of United States who has previously won the new York race in 2009 finished eleventh in his last marathon. Meb has also won the Boston Marathon in 2014 and an Olympic Silver in Athens in 2004. He has competed in a total of 26 marathons. In addition to an Olympic Silver Meb has earned two Gold, one Silver and two Bronze medals in world marathon majors.
Top ten finishers in the men’s event:
|1. Geoffrey Kamworor||Kenya||2:10:56|
|2. Wilson Kipsang||Kenya||2:10:59|
|3. Lelisa Desisa||Ethiopia||2:11:32|
|4. Lemi Berhanu||Ethiopia||2:11:52|
|5. Tadesse Abraham||Switzerland||2:12:01|
|6. Michel Butter||Netherlands||2:12:39|
|7. Abdi Abdirahman||United States||2:12:48|
|8. Koen Naert||Belgium||2:13:21|
|9. Fikadu Girma Teferi||Ethiopia||22:13:58|
|10. Shadrack Biwott||United States||2:14:57|
The women’s race was won by Michelle Flanagan of United States, who pulled a huge upset against Kenya’s Mary Keitany. Flanagan finished with a time of 2:26:53 beating her nearest opponent by more than a minute. Keitany, who was the favorite, was a three time defending champion. Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska, competing in the New York City Marathon for the first time, finished third with a time of 2:28:08.
The last American to win New York marathon women’s event was Miki Gorman. By this win the 36 year old Flanagan ended a four-decade drought for American women in New York Marathon.
“This is the moment that I’ve dreamed of since I was a little girl,” Flanagan said on ESPN2 after winning the race. “It’s a moment, though, that I’m just trying to soak up and savor right now because I feel like this is the kind of moment that we dream of to find out our potential and realize how incredible we can be.”
Top ten finishers in the women’s event:
|1. Shalane Flanagan||United States||2:26:53|
|2. Mary Keitany||Kenya||2:27:54|
|3. Mamitu Daska||Ethiopia||2:28:08|
|4. Edna Kiplagat||Kenya||2:29:36|
|5. Allie Kieffer||United States||2:29:39|
|6. Sara Dossena||Italy||2:29:39|
|7. Eva Vrabcova||Check Republic||2:29:41|
|8. Kellyn Taylor||Untied States||2:29:56|
|9. Diane Nukuri||Untied States||2:31:21|
|10. Stephanie Bruce||United States||2:31:44|