An American woman won the NYC Marathon first time in 40 years. The 36-year-old Olympic medalist Shalane Flanagan did it on Sunday with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 26 minutes and 53 seconds, defending champion Mary Keitany of Kenya by a minute and one second.
She called the moment "indescribable," as her name was announced. "This is the moment I've dreamed of since I was a little girl," she added.The race was held amid heightened security after a terror attack that killed eight people on a popular bike path in Manhattan last week. Flanagan holds the American records for the 3,000-meter indoor and 5,000-meter indoor races and also took bronze in the 10,000-meter contest at the 2008 Olympics, which was changed in silver after Turkey's Elvan Abeylegesse was being sanctioned for a positive doping case.
Flanagan at the finish
Flanagan made her debut at the NYC Marathon in 2010, finishing second with a time of 2 hours, 28 minutes and 40 seconds. The New York City Marathon is the largest marathon in the world, with 51,394 finishers in 2016 and 98,247 applicants for the 2017 race. Along with the Boston Marathon and Chicago Marathon, it is among the pre-eminent long-distance annual running events in the United States and is one of the World Marathon Majors. The race is organized by New York Road Runners, and has been run every year since 1970 with the exception of 2012, when it was cancelled due to the landfall of Hurricane Sandy.