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Ethiopia'' s Desisa, Kenya ' s Keitany win NYC Marathon


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Image”/ > Seth Wenig/ AP Lelisa Desisa, of Ethiopia, crosses the finish line first in the males’s department of the New York City Marathon in New York, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018.

Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018|10:01 a.m.

NEW YORK– Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia has actually won the New York City Marathon, holding back fellow citizen Shura Kitata by 1.99 seconds.

Desisa finished in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 59 seconds. Last year’s winner, Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya, ended up third.

Mary Keitany of Kenya became the second lady to win the marathon 4 times, beating countrywoman Vivian Cheruiyot by 3 minutes, 13 seconds.

Keitany ran the race in 2:22:48, the second fastest in history. Margaret Okayo of Kenya holds the record of 2:22:31, which was embeded in 2003.

The victory was Keitany’s 4th in New york city in the last 5 years. She won in 2014, 2015 and 2016 before being available in second in 2015 to American Shalane Flanagan. Keitany joined Grete Waitz as the only women to win the marathon 4 times. Waitz, a Norwegian, won the marathon nine times in between 1978-1988.

Flanagan completed third.