Kenya's Kamworor wins New York Marathon men's crown

Shalane Flanagan becomes first American woman to win New York City Marathon in 40 years

Shalane Flanagan becomes first American woman to win New York City Marathon in 40 years

New York's recent tragedy revived memories of the 2013 Boston Marathon that was targeted by bombers, but the carnage also helped inspire Flanagan's triumphant run.

The New York City Marathon took place on Sunday morning, and it was one for the record books.

Flanagan posted an unofficial time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, 53 seconds.

Flanagan, the 2010 NY marathon runner-up, was sixth in last year's Rio Olympic marathon.

Unlike last year's men's wheelchair race which came down to a photo finish and six hundredths of a second, Marcel Hug of Switzerland defended his title by a whopping 2 minutes, 19.82 seconds over John Charles Smith of Great Britain.

Kipsang, the 2014 NY champion, was three seconds back with Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa third in 2:11:32.

Flanagan had said she may retire if she won NY.

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In men's event, Kamworor held off compatriot Wilson Kipsang's challenge to win at a time of 2:10:53.

The marathon will be held five days after the bike-path terror attack in lower Manhattan that killed eight people, putting security on the minds of planners, racers and onlookers. Kamworor separated from the pack late and seemed like he would cruise to his first major marathon victory, but Kipsang appeared on his heels in the final stretch.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city was expecting 2 million fans to line the course.

Among celebrities in the race, Kevin Hart had the best request. I don't want to see a bunch of memes of me looking bad out here.

Sunday marked the first major marathon victory for Flanagan, 36.

Mary Keitany of Kenya, the three-time defending champion, finished in 2:27:54, and Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia finished in 2:28:08.

"New York City said strongly we're not giving into terrorists", de Blasio said, adding "That's a message we're sending the whole world".

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