Woman Wins NYC Marathon
By Sarah Maugaotega 11/6/17
An American woman wins the NYC Marathon for the first time in 30 years.
Shalane Flanagan triumphed over Kenyan athlete, Mary Keitany, who previously won three NYC Marathons. In the last three miles of the race, Flanagan pulled away from Keitany, to cross the finish line in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, 53 seconds, almost a minute faster than Keitany.
A lower back injury prevented her from running in the Boston Marathon, so Flanagan decided to focus all of her energy on training for New York, keeping the unpredictable Keitany in the back of her mind.
The marathon was held just days after a terror attack in Lower Manhattan, and consequentially, the police presence was increased. The National Guard and State Police sent officers to help NYPD protect the athletes, and the expected 2.5 million spectators that lined the 26-mile long course.
Miki Gorman was the last American woman to win the NYC Marathon, and Flanagan said that if she won this race, she would consider retirement.