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Winners of the New York Marathon: Jenny Jeffrey Kamuror of Kenya and Joyceil Jepkosgey take the titles

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."

The World Half Marathon record holder, Jepkosgei finished first among thousands of racers with an unofficial time of two hours, 22 minutes and 38 seconds, the second fastest ever in the women's open division, according to the New York City Marathon.

Although Jepkosgei has only been a professional since 201

5, she has already compiled an impressive track record of achievements: Collect silver medals at the 2017 World Marathon Championships in Valencia, Spain, win a bronze medal at the 2016 African Championships and set world records for her times in the half marathon, 10km, 15km and 20km races.

In March, during her first trip to the United States, she won half of NYC.

  Runners cross the Verratzano-Narause Bridge during the New York Marathon Sunday.

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.

The 26-year-old gained recognition for running long distances as a youth, commuting 5 miles to and from school every day, his NYC Marathon Marathon biography says.

"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,

  Kenya Jeffrey Kamvor celebrates winning the NYC Marathon on Sunday.
Returning to his home in Kenya, he trains daily with Eliud Kipchoge, who in October became the first person to walk 26.2 miles in less than two hours, though the weather is considered unofficial.

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.

  Manuel Shar holds the Swiss flag aloft after winning the third straight NYC Marathon.

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.

Kenya's success comes three weeks after Brigid Cosgay and Lawrence Cherono completed the summit in the Chicago Marathon. In this race, Cosgey broke the women's world record by 81 seconds.

Shar and Romanchuk also defended their titles last month in Chicago.

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