Kenya has the honor once again. Geoffrey Kamworor and Joyciline Jepkosgei, both world record holders in the half marathon, won one of the most popular races on the planet, the New York Marathon.
Sunday, Kamworor won, as in 2017, at the men’s, while Joyciline Jepkosgei won the women’s first marathon, ahead of quadruple winner Mary Keitany.
Kamworor made the difference by accelerating in the last five kilometers of the race to secure the victory in two hours and thirteen seconds against fellow Albert Korir and Ethiopian Girma Bekele Gebre.
His training partner and marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge was at the finish line to congratulate him.
Kenya’s Jepkosgei had the second fastest time in her history, two hours, 22 minutes and 38 seconds, ahead of Mary Keitany, four-time world champion in New York’s maratrhon in six years. Keitany was second in 2 hours 23 minutes and 32 seconds ahead of Ruti Aga.
The Ethiopian and defending champion Lelisa Desisa, threw in the towel about seventh kilometer. More than 52,000 runners of all nationalities took part in this 49 th edition of the New York Marathon