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Joyciline Jepkosgei wins New York Marathon in debut run

Jepkosgei beats women-only world record holder Keitany to win NYC Marathon in her debut run

Joyciline Jepkosgei, 25, who’s the women’s half-marathon world record holder, is now the TCS New York Marathon champion. She won in her debut run in 2:22:38, only seven seconds off of the course record. Women’s-only world record holder and four-time NYC champion Mary Keitany, 37, was second in 2:23:32. Ruti Aga was third in 2:25:51.

The men ran an extremely conservative half, coming through 21.1K in 1:04 in a pack of 15 runners. This was in stark contrast to the women’s race, where the leaders ran a quick first half (1:11) before the three biggest threats broke away.

Aga, Jepkosgei and Keitany controlled the race from about 15K out. The women dropped Aga just over 30K, with Keitany and Jepkosgei making it a war of attrition. Just before 40K, Jepkosgei broke away and remained away through Central Park.

In the American race, Des Linden was the first across the line in sixth in 2:26:49, closely followed by Kellyn Taylor in 2:26:52. Unfortunately, Americans Allie Kieffer and Sara Hall both dropped early in the race. Hall was fresh off of a huge personal best from Berlin only six weeks ago of 2:22:16. Keiffer hasn’t finished a marathon in over a year, the 2:28 runner was seventh at the 2018 New York Marathon.

Hall wrote on Twitter, “I’m bummed to not be able to finish but unfortunately some stomach illness yesterday and this morning left me weak and wobbly out there.”


Australian runner Sinead Diver ran the world championships 10,000m only four weeks ago and came back to finish fifth in 2:26:23 on Sunday, a remarkable performance.

Full results can be found here. Men’s report to follow.

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