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Ethiopia’s Desisa, Kenya’s Keitany win NYC Marathon

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia crosses the finish line first in the men's division of the New York City Marathon in New York, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (Seth Wenig / AP)
Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia crosses the finish line first in the men's division of the New York City Marathon in New York, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (Seth Wenig / AP)

NEW YORK – Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia has won the New York City Marathon, holding off countryman Shura Kitata by 1.99 seconds.

Desisa finished in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 59 seconds. Last year’s winner, Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya, finished third.

Mary Keitany of Kenya became the second woman to win the marathon four times, beating countrywoman Vivian Cheruiyot by 3 minutes, 13 seconds.

Keitany ran the race in 2:22:48, the second fastest in history. Margaret Okayo of Kenya holds the record of 2:22:31, which was set in 2003.

The victory was Keitany’s fourth in New York in the last five years. She won in 2014, 2015 and 2016 before coming in second last year to American Shalane Flanagan. Keitany joined Grete Waitz as the only women to win the marathon four times. Waitz, a Norwegian, won the marathon nine times between 1978-1988.

Flanagan finished third.


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