Kenya’s Sharon Lokedi was a shock winner of the ladies’s New York Metropolis Marathon on Sunday, whereas Evans Chebet gained the lads’s race to finish a Kenyan double.
Lokedi, competing over the 26.2-mile distance for the primary time in her profession, pulled away from Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter within the closing levels, ending in a time of two hours, 23 minutes and 23 seconds.
Salpeter completed seven seconds again in second and Ethiopia’s Gotytom Gebreslase, who was topped marathon world champion earlier this 12 months, was third.
Hellen Obiri, making her marathon debut and one of many pre-race favorites, struggled within the closing levels and dropped again from the lead pack, finally ending sixth.
The 28-year-old Lokedi is simply the eighth athlete in historical past – male or feminine – to win in New York on her marathon debut, and she or he appeared visibly emotional after crossing the end line in Central Park.
“I’m out of words, I’m really excited … The course was amazing, the cheers, everything,” she informed ESPN. “I’m just thankful”
Within the males’s race, Chebet turned the primary man to win the New York Metropolis and Boston Marathons in the identical 12 months since 2011 as he completed in two hours, eight minutes and 41 seconds, 13 seconds forward of Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata, whereas the Netherlands’ Abdi Nageeye was greater than a minute again in third.
Chebet’s victory means Kenyan males have gained all six of the key metropolis marathons this 12 months. In addition to Chebet’s title in Boston, Eliud Kipchoge gained in Tokyo and Berlin, Amos Kipruto gained in London and Benson Kipruto gained in Chicago.
There have been difficult circumstances for Sunday’s race as temperatures in New York Metropolis hovered round 23 levels Celsius (73 levels Farenheit).
Brazilian Daniel Do Nascimento led the sector for a lot of the lads’s race, however he collapsed to the ground and acquired medical consideration within the ultimate levels, handing Chebet the lead.
Race officers later informed CNN that Do Nascimento was okay after dropping out of the race.
It’s anticipated that fifty,000 runners competed on this 12 months’s NYC Marathon – the primary full-capacity race because the Covid-19 pandemic.
The race, which fits via all 5 of New York Metropolis’s boroughs, was held just about in 2020 and with a restricted variety of opponents in 2021.
Within the males’s race of the wheelchair division, Switzerland’s Marcel Hug claimed the fifth NYC Marathon title of his profession within the males’s race.
The 36-year-old – often called the “Swiss Silver Bullet” – shattered the wheelchair course document by almost 4 minutes, ending in a single hour, 25 minutes and 25 seconds.
That beat Australian Kurt Fearnley’s document of 1:29:22 set in 2006.
American Susannah Scaroni additionally set a course document within the ladies’s race, ending in a single hour, 42 minutes and 43 seconds to interrupt Tatyana McFadden’s earlier document.