Mary Keitany wins the New York Marathon- Women's Running

Mary Keitany wins the New York Marathon

Author: Chris Macdonald

Read Time:   |  November 17, 2014

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Kenyan runner Mary Keitany won the women’s title at the 2014 New York City Marathon with a time of 2:25:07.

Competing in her first race since finishing fourth the London 2012 Olympics, Keitany battled fellow countrywoman Jemima Jelagat Sumgong to win her first New York Marathon.

Sumgong and Keitany battled it out the title in the final four miles  of the race with Keitany eventually pulling away to beat Sumgong by 3 seconds. Keitany’s win was reminiscent of Paula Radcliffe’s New York win where she beat Susan Chepekemie by 3 seconds to win the 2004 New York Marathon title.

This was Keitany’s second time running the New York Marathon but her tactics were notably differed. In 2011, she pulled away early from the back only to be caught and finish third but this year Keitany decided to take things slowly and surge forward in the final 800m of the course to finish first.

In a press conference after the race, Keitany said: “When I was a few kilometers away, I just closed the gap, and I see, if I go, I might win the race.”

This is Keitany’s third marathon win with her first two wins coming at the London Marathon in 2011 and 2012.

Portugal’s Sara Moreira made her marathon debut with a third place finish in 2:26:00. Fourth place went to the 2005 and 2006 winner Jelena Prokopcuka.

Wilson Kipsang won the men’s title with a time of with a time of 2:10:59. Further down the field, tennis player Caroline Woziniacki, running her first marathon, finished with a time of 3:26:33.

Keitany ran the race wearing a kit with the AKTIV Against Cancer logo. AKTIV Against Cancer is an orangisation co-founded by 9-time New York Marathon winner Grete Waitz. Considered the Queen of New York City, Waitz lost her own battle with cancer in 2011.

 

Chris Macdonald

Editor-at-Large, Women's Running

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