Kei­tany, Ghe­bres­lassie win NYC Marathon

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

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.

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