Keitany, Ghebreslassie win NYC Marathon
NEW YORK >> Quite a run at the New York City Marathon for Mary Keitany. Pretty swift debut for Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, too.
Keitany won the race for the third straight time Sunday, pulling away with more than 10 miles to go and breezing home to the finish line in Central Park.
“Alone in the streets,” the 34-yearold Kenyan said.
Except for the cheering fans, of course, who packed the course to root on the record-setting 52,049 runners from 120 nations as they wound through all five of the city’s boroughs.
At 20, Ghebreslassie became the youngest men’s winner in this event. Alberto Salazar (1980) and Tom Fleming (1973) won as 22-year-olds.
Ghebreslassie was the first native of Eritrea to win the New York marathon. He finished his debut in 2:07:51.
“I’m really proud of it,” he said.