Kenyan Team Pulls Out Record-Breaking 5th Win at NYC Marathon

(Brad Galli) – Wilsone-based Kenyan duo Peres Jepchirchir and Albert Korir won a dramatic men’s race in 2:10:50 to take the men’s title on Sunday at the New York City Marathon. For the second…

Kenyan Team Pulls Out Record-Breaking 5th Win at NYC Marathon

(Brad Galli) – Wilsone-based Kenyan duo Peres Jepchirchir and Albert Korir won a dramatic men’s race in 2:10:50 to take the men’s title on Sunday at the New York City Marathon.

For the second time in three years, the lead changed hands a total of five times during the 26.2-mile race from Staten Island’s Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Central Park.

A distance that covers 6.2 miles, 49.1% of the total run, topped the previous course record by a full three minutes set in 2015.

Fadel Chelaba of Ethiopia was the leader when he broke away in the 1.5-mile mark, but he was overtaken on the final half-mile by Cheruiyot. Cheruiyot took the lead going into Central Park, but he wasn’t able to hang on as Korir and Jepchirchir pulled ahead on the final straightaway.

Former champion Bedan Karoki (2:13:37) of Kenya was third and Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba (2:13:43) completed the top five.

Wambui Kiplagat of Kenya (2:12:54) won the women’s race for the second time in three years.

Marina Campbell of Canada (2:18:42) was the top American, with Ethiopians Meseret Hailu (2:19:42) and Feyisa Lilesa (2:21:33) coming in second and third.

Four of the last five women’s champions came from Kenya, with Shalane Flanagan (2:22:59) being the exception in 2015.

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