“I knew Mary had more experience in marathon, so I was trying to push [through],” Jepkosgei told ESPN, adding that she looked back several times just to be sure.
Desiree Linden was the first American across the finish line, placing sixth in 2:26:46. Fellow American Kellyn Taylor was seventh in 2:26:52. Kikkan Randall, who won a gold medal for the United States in cross-country skiing at the 2018 Olympics, accomplished her goal of finishing in under three hours in her first marathon. Randall, who completed chemotherapy and surgery for breast cancer that was found in May 2018, finished in 2:55:12.
Kamworor pulled away with about two miles to spare, finishing in 2:08:13, with Albert Korir 23 seconds behind him and Girma Bekele Gebre third in 2:08:36. “I saw I was able to go, and I was feeling strong,” Kamworor told ESPN.
Kamworor, who holds the world record in the half-marathon, was met at the finish line by training partner Eliud Kipchoge, who recently completed the first sub-two-hour marathon, a feat accomplished under tight, optimal conditions and one that does not count as a record.
In the early going of the men’s race, Lelisa Desisa, the reigning men’s champion, dropped out after just seven miles, perhaps still feeling the effects of winning the marathon in the world championships in extreme heat last month in Doha.
With the marathon “season” complete, runners will begin focusing on the Summer Olympics in July and August in Tokyo. The trials marathon for the U.S. team is Feb. 29 in Atlanta. Last week, Olympic officials formalized their plan to move the race north to Sapporo’s cooler temperatures. Highs in Tokyo during those months regularly exceed 86 degrees, with high humidity.
The New York City wheelchair division featured repeat winners in Daniel Romanchuk and Manuela Schar. Romanchuk repeated as winner in 1:37:24, edging Marcel Hug by one second — just as he did last year. Hug was the 2016 and 2017 winner.
Schar was the women’s winner for the third straight year, turning in a dominant performance and finishing in 1:44:20.
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