NYC Marathon winners: Flanagan 1st American since 1977

NYC Marathon winners: Flanagan 1st American since 1977

Kamworor ran the race in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 53 seconds.

Shalane Flanagan came to the finish line of the New York City Marathon and enveloped herself in an American flag, the magnitude of what she had accomplished bringing her to tears and to her knees.

Kenya's Mary Keitany, bidding for her fourth consecutive victory in the race, was 61 seconds back in second.

As a student at the University of North Carolina, Flanagan also snared the school's first individual cross-country title in 2002, a feat she repeated in 2003.

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. "This is the moment I've dreamed of since I was a little girl". She was also the 10,000m runner-up at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

While Flanagan was an overwhelming victor, Kamworor was not assured of his first major victory until the closing meters.

But in the end it was Kamworor who won by three seconds in 2:10:53 with Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa third in 2:11:32. She finished sixth in the Rio Olympics marathon.

In the wheelchair event, the Swiss dominated with Manuela Schar tops among women and Marcel Hug finishing first among the men.

Repeat victor Marcel Hug gave Switzerland the men's title in equally dominant fashion, defending his championship in 1:37:21, more than two minutes ahead of British runner-up John Charles Smith.

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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