Three event records were broken on the streets of Manhattan at the 2016 United Airlines NYC Half on Sunday. Molly Huddle, an Elmira, NY, native, defended her title, beating Kenyan Joyce Chepkirui by eight hundredths of a second in a thrilling photo finish with a time of 1:07:41.
“I knew once I hit those final 150 meters, I just needed to sprint,” Huddle said. “I kind of was just trying to get my body across the line and not fall at the same time.”
Chepkirui was second for the second consecutive year, finishing a stride behind Huddle. In the men’s field, Kenyan Stephen Sambu took first place in 1:01:16, his first victory in the event after finishing second last year and third the year prior. Sambu was followed by runner-up and compatriot Wilson Chebet, who crossed the finish line 1:01:35, and Sam Chelanga of the U.S., who clocked in at 1:01:43.