Kenyan Runners Dominate in N.Y.C. Marathon


Kenyan dominance in long-distance running was on full display on the streets of New York City on Sunday.

The newcomer Joyciline Jepkosgei’s time of 2 hours 22 minutes 38 seconds in the New York City Marathon was the second fastest performance on the course for women, and the fastest debut here. Geoffrey Kamworor, 26, took the men’s race in 2:08:13, winning in New York for the second time in three years. Mary Keitany and Albert Korir, also of Kenya, were the runners-up.

Jepkosgei’s win over Keitany — who has won four times in eight tries in New York — signaled a potential changing of the guard among female Kenyan runners. They ran together until the final miles, where Jepkosgei, the world-record holder in the half-marathon, pulled away. Even as she started to struggle in the final miles, her effort was enough to win and threaten the course record.

Jepkosgei said she was uncertain about her chances given the presence of Keitany in the race.

“I didn’t know I could win because of my friend Mary,” Jepkosgei said. “She has more experience in the marathon, she has won a few years here in New York. I was happy to run with her.”

She visited the United States for the first time from her home in Iten, Kenya, in March, when she won the New York City Half Marathon.

Kamworor, 26, was greeted at the finish line by his training partner and mentor, Eliud Kipchoge, the world-record holder in the marathon. Kipchoge set the record last year in Berlin, and ran a marathon in less than two hours in a time trial in Vienna last month. That run was not considered a record because it did not take place in race conditions.

“I didn’t want to disappoint him,” Kamworor said. “That gave me a lot of motivation.”

Kipchoge cheered on Kamworor in both of his wins, and was absent last year when he faltered to third.

Kamworor flipped the script from that finish, turning on the pace during the final two miles, about the same point in the race where he faded from contention one year ago.



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