After winning three consecutive NYC Marathons from 2014-2016, the Kenyan runner came in second last year — falling behind American runner Shalane Flanagan. And today, Keitany returned to her winning ways.
“One more for the road. Mary Keitany, 4 times New York champ,” Adidas Running posted on Twitter, sharing an image of the star waving a Kenyan flag.
Fellow Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot, who claimed her first major victory at the London Marathon this year, put up a second place finish.
The American women also had a stellar performance in today’s race. The podium was rounded out by Flanagan.
The Nike-sponsored star came in third place — a strong follow-up to last year’s first-place, history-making finish (she was the first American woman to win the NYC Marathon since 1977). The star had to turn up her speed toward the end of the race to edge into podium position — and she did, racing past Ethiopian runner Rahma Tusa to get there.
Falling behind Flanagan was fellow American Molly Huddle. The Saucony athlete just missed placing on the podium.
Desiree Linden, who races in Brooks sneakers, also put up a strong showing. After winning the Boston Marathon this year, Linden secured a sixth place finish in New York. Allie Kieffer, the American runner who claimed a surprise top 5 finish last year after shaving 26 minutes off her personal best, came in seventh.
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