Joyciline Jepkosgei ruined the honor of fellow honoree Mary Keetani for the fifth women's title in the race, but everyone went to Kenya as Keitany came in second and Geoffrey Kamworor won the men's division in NYC Marathon.
"My strategy I had planned was to finish the race strongly," Jepkosgey said in a statement. "But in the last few miles, I saw that I was nearing the finish and I was able to win."
Although Jepkosgei has only been a professional since 201
In March, during her first trip to the United States, she won half of NYC.
Trained by her husband, the 25-year-old mother of one planned to make her Hawaii marathon debut in December, but retired after twisting her ankle. Sunday marked his maiden marathon.
In order to win the race in 2019, Jepkosgei had to overcome the dominance of Keithani, who since 2014 has won every women's marathon title in New York with one exception: In 2017, she finished second in the US Shalaine Flanagan.
At the 20km point, the Kenyans were second, but Jepkosgei found the will to overtake his competitor by almost a minute in the last 6.2 miles. Keetani finished 54 seconds behind Jepkosgei. He marked the sixth consecutive NYC marathon in which Keetani finished in the top two.
Kamworor Medals for the Fourth Time
The Kamworor, the men's champion and unofficial world record holder in the half marathon, completed the race on Sunday in two hours, eight minutes and 13 seconds. Kenya's Albert Corir finished 23 seconds later.
Last year's men's winner, Eliopia Lelisa Desisa, dropped seven miles.
"I've been feeling good since the start of the race," Kamuror says in a news release. "I was comfortable. I was preparing very well to run this marathon. In the last few meters, the pace was a little high and it was no problem for me. Then I decided to step back."
He has also enjoyed success in recent years. In addition to winning the New York City Marathon in 2017, he placed second in 2015 and third last year.
Previously, Kamworor has won junior and senior titles in the World Cross Country Championships and has won four gold medals at the World Half Marathon Championships. In 2013, he was featured in the documentary The Unknown Runner.
"He was a hardworking student with aspirations to become a lawyer one day and was accepted into a college in the US to study law, but instead decided to focus his career 100 percent on athletics," says Bio,
Jared Ward was the fastest American in the race on Sunday with two hours, 10 minutes and 45 seconds, while the fastest American was Desiri Linden with a time of two hours, 26 minutes and 46 seconds.
Kenya rides a wave of success
More than 50,000 athletes representing at least 125 nations are participating this year, his 49th annual running.
The race begins on Staten Island. The runners crossed the Verrantzano-Narauz Bridge and ran across Brooklyn and Queens before plunging into Manhattan on their way to the Bronx. The course then doubled back to the final in Manhattan, located in Central Park.
Top prizes of $ 100,000 await Jepkosgei and Kamworor. Ward and Linden will take home $ 25,000.
The wheelchair division sees repeated champions in Switzerland Manuel Shar claiming his third straight title in New York, and Daniel Romanchuk, who became the first and foremost American the young winner) to conquer the race in 2018.
The couple will win prizes of $ 25,000 each.
Shar and Romanchuk also defended their titles last month in Chicago.