BREAKING NEWS

Kenyans Kamworor, Jepkosgei claim New York Marathon titles

Kenyans Kamworor, Jepkosgei claim New York Marathon titles
Athletics - New York City Marathon - New York, United States - November 3, 2019 Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor celebrates winning the elite men's race REUTERS/Brendan McDermid -
Copyright
BRENDAN MCDERMID(Reuters)
Euronews logo
Text size Aa Aa

By Amy Tennery

NEWYORK (Reuters) – Kenyan half marathon world record holders Geoffrey Kamworor and Joyciline Jepkosgei powered to victories in the New York City Marathon on Sunday.

Kamworor reclaimed the New York title he won in 2017 in two hours eight minutes and 13 seconds and Jepkosgei surprised four-time champion Mary Keitany, winning her marathon debut in 2:22:38.

Kamworor, training partner of world fastest marathoner Eliud Kipchoge, took command in the final two miles for the victory over compatriot Albert Korir (2:08:36) and Ethiopian Girma Bekele Gebre (2:08:38).

Defending champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia dropped out of the race about the seventh mile.

Desisa had been attempting the difficult task of trying to win again just four weeks after claiming the world championship title in the extreme heat of Doha.

Jepkosgei separated herself from Keitany, the defending champion, with five kilometres to go.

Keitany, who had won in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018, finished in 2:23:32 with Ethiopian Ruti Aga third in 2:25:51.

Swiss Manuela Schar routed the field in the women’s wheelchair competition, winning her third consecutive title in 1:44.20 for a four-minute victory over American Tatyana McFadden.

American Daniel Romanchuk repeated as men’s wheelchair champion, clocking 1:37:24 to defeat Swiss Marcel Hug by a second. Britain’s David Weir took third.

More than 52,000 runners competed in the race in near perfect marathon conditions.

(Reporting by Amy Tennery, writing by Gene Cherry; Editing by Toby Davis and Pritha Sarkar)

euronews provides breaking news articles from reuters as a service to its readers, but does not edit the articles it publishes. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.
Euronews is no longer accessible on Internet Explorer. This browser is not updated by Microsoft and does not support the last technical evolutions. We encourage you to use another browser, such as Edge, Safari, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.