Flanagan becomes first American woman to win NYC Marathon in 40 years

Beth Cruz
November 6, 2017

Shalane Flanagan, 36, of OR, won the New York City Marathon Sunday in an official time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, and 53 seconds.

In men's event, Kamworor held off compatriot Wilson Kipsang's challenge to win at a time of 2:10:53. Ethiopia's Mamitu Daska came third in 2:28:08.

"This is the moment I have dreamed off since I was a little girl", Flanagan said after the race, tears streaming down her face.

It had been 40 years since an American won the women's field of the New York City Marathon.

Flanagan is a 16-time national champion across various distances and finished third in the 10,000 meters at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Kenya's Wilson Kipsang took second place, finishing in 2:10:56, and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, victor of the 2013 and 2015 Boston Marathons, finished third in 2:11:32.

"This is fantastic for me for this is my first victory in (a major) marathon", said Kamworor, who was running his fifth marathon.


The 2017 event was held just five days after a deadly Manhattan truck attack that left eight people dead.

Flanagan previously finished second in the 2010 NYC Marathon. Keitany won the last three marathons and was second to Flanagan.

More than 50,000 runners participated across the different groups.

Keitany was seeking to cap a career year, in which she won the London Marathon with a blistering time of 2:17:01, a women's-only record.

Switzerland swept the professional wheelchair divisions.

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.

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