Flanagan, Kamworor win in New York Marathon

Shalane Flanagan becomes first American woman to win New York City Marathon in 40 years

American women had not won in NY since Miki Gorman claimed her second consecutive title in 1977.

In the men's race, Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor held off countryman Wilson Kipsang to clock 2:10.53 and win by three seconds.

Keitany struggled home in 2:27:54 for second with Ethiopia's Mamitu Daska third in 2:28:08. "This is the moment I've dreamed of since I was a little girl".

At the 2011 Berlin Marathon, Kamworor pushed Patrick Makau to break the world marathon record with new times of 2:03:38 as Ethiopian Yemane Tsegay won in 2012 Rotterdam.

Flanagan is a 16-time national champion across various distances and finished third in the 10,000 meters at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

On the men's side, Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor beat out countryman and 2014 victor Wilson Kipsang for his first major marathon victory, with a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 53 seconds.

Unlike last year's men's wheelchair race which came down to a photo finish and six hundredths of a second, Marcel Hug of Switzerland defended his title by a whopping 2 minutes, 19.82 seconds over John Charles Smith of Great Britain.

Kamworor, who had finished second in 2014 behind Wycliffe Kipsang, was this time around the master as he broke away from among others Kipsang and Ethiopian Desisa Lelisa and Lemi Berhanu in the last three kilometers to win.

Flanagan's win disrupted the marathon dominance of Kenya's Mary Keitany. "I'm so happy and so delighted".

The marathon was run against the backdrop of heightened security after a terrorist attack earlier in the week killed eight people on a bike path in the city.

NY heavily bolstered security for the event, parking more sand trucks to prevent vehicle attacks and stationing extra police on streets.

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

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