Keitany and Desisa Take the Top Honours in New York Marathon
It was a perfect day for running fast in New York this morning, and Mary Keitany won the women’s race by obliterating the rest of the field and closing the race with a 66:58 second half. Finishing in 2:22:48, she just missed out on Margaret Okayo’s 15-year-old course record which stands at 2:22:31. Another Kenyan, Vivian Cheruiyot, came second, while last year’s champion Shalane Flanagan took third place.
In the men’s race, Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa won in 2:05:59 after breaking away from compatriot Shura Kitata, who finished two seconds behind, just before the finish line. Reigning champion Geoffrey Kamworor came third in 2:06:26, bettering his winning time from last year with more than four minutes. Desisa’s winning time was the second faster ever run in New York, just 54 seconds slower than Geoffrey Mutai’s course record from 2011.
Shalane Flanagan Retiring from Competitive Running?
Speaking to the press after finishing third in the New York Marathon, Shalane Flanagan indicated that she’s thinking about stepping down from competitive running. She says she will take some time to make a decision but said that “it’s more getting toward the time to serve others.”
Matt Centrowitz Leaves Nike Oregon Project
Another Olympic Champion has packed his bags and said “toodeloo” to the Nike Oregon Project and coach Alberto Salazar. Matt Centrowitz confirmed to Letsrun this week that he has followed Mo Farah’s lead and stepped away from NOP. “Centro” currently serves as assistant coach at the University of Washington.