NEW YORK (AP) - Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya has won the New York City Marathon, holding off countryman Wilson Kipsang by three seconds for his first major victory.
Comedian Kevin Hart made his marathon debut at NY.
American running great and 2009 NY victor Meb Keflezighi completed his 26th and final marathon in 11th place at 2:15:29, collapsing as he crossed the finish.
The last American woman to the marathon was Miki Gorman, who won back-to-back titles in 1976 and 1977.
"I'm so happy. I feel so great to be the champion", Kamworor said. "I'm so happy and so delighted". She had blown away the field here a year ago, winning by a margin (3 minutes 34 seconds) not seen in the women's race since 1980.
Behind her, but fading fast, Mary Keitany was chasing history, too: The 35-year-old Kenyan had won this race three times in a row. After she broke the finish-line tape, she began to cry, hugged a couple of people nearby, and then wrapped herself in the American flag.More news: Bilic without number of key players for visit of Liverpool
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Beating Keitany in NY may be running's toughest test right now. She was also the 10,000m runner-up at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. A pack of nine competitors consistently jockeyed with Keitany for the lead, including three runners making their NY debut: Kenya's Betsy Saina; Ethiopia's Mamitu Daska; and Sara Dossena, an Italian triathlete.
After a slow pace in the first half of the race, Keitany took the lead just after the midpoint and surged at 15 miles, shrinking the front pack to nine before slowing the pace once again.
Flanagan, Keitany and Ethiopia's Mamitu Daska were step-and-step until the 24th mile.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the event being staged as planned was "a terrorist's worst nightmare" for bringing together people from a variety of cultures with resiliency despite the deadly attack.
"Look at that unity. This event is life affirming every year but this year more than ever".