Amid cool weather and overcast skies, Kenyans Stanley Biwott and Mary Keitany ran away from strong fields to win the 2015 New York City Marathon races on Sunday.
Keitany, a 33-year-old mother of two from Kenya, repeated her 2014 victory in Central Park by breaking away from the women’s lead back near mile 21. Although she slowed from her sub-2:20 pace, she ran alone for the final 5 miles to win in 2:24:25. She became the eighth woman to win back-to-back New York City Marathon titles.
Ethiopian Aselefech Mergia was second in 2:25:32, while countrywoman Tigist Tufa was third in 2:25:50. Laura Thweatt of Boulder, Colo., was the first American finisher, placing seventh overall in 2:28:23 in her marathon debut.
In the men’s race, a pack of eight runners—including defending champion Wilson Kipsang and American Meb Keflezighi—remained in contention through mile 19. But Lelisa Desisa, Stanley Biwott and Geoffrey Kamworor splintered the back and ran stride for stride for 4 miles until it became a two-person race between Biwott and Kamworor through the final 2 miles in Central Park.
Although Kamworor hung on, Biwott, a 29-year-old former dairy farmer, proved to be the strongest of the day, winning in 2:10:34, about 14 seconds ahead of Kamworor. Desisa was third in 2:12:10, while Kipsang hung on for fourth in 2:12:45. It was the first major marathon victory of Biwott’s career.
Meb Keflezighi, 40, was the top American, placing seventh in 2:13:32 to break the 25-year-old New York City Marathon masters record (John Campbell, 2:14:34) and Mbarak Hussein’s 2006 American masters marathon record (2:13:52).
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