Starkville Daily News - - COMICS -

the race had their worst per­for­mance in decades. Kirui was the only Kenyan in the top ten for the men's race; de­fend­ing cham­pion Edna Ki­pla­gat, who was ninth, helped pre­vent a shutout in the distaff divi­sion.

Home­town fa­vorite Sha­lane Flana­gan, a four-time Olympian and the reign­ing New York City Marathon cham­pion, fin­ished sixth af­ter pop­ping into a course-side por­ta­ble toi­let be­fore the half­way point and fall­ing be­hind the lead pack.

Mar­cel Hug of Switzer­land earned his fifth wheel­chair vic­tory, push­ing though pud­dles that sent the spray from their wheels into his eyes. Amer­i­can Tatyana Mc­Fad­den, won the women's wheel­chair race for the fifth time, wore two jack­ets, with a layer of plas­tic be­tween them and hand warm­ers against her chest.

"It was just tough, it was so freez­ing," Hug said through chat­ter­ing teeth as a vol­un­teer draped a sec­ond towel around his shoul­ders. "I'm just very glad that I made it."

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