NYC Marathon: Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, Mary Keitany Kenyan win top 2016 races
NEW YORK Marathon – Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie has wonin the men’s field, becoming the youngest ever to win the men’s event. Ghirmay Ghebreslassie finished his debut in New York with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 7 minutes, 51 seconds.
Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie The 20-year-old beat Rotich by 62 seconds and became the youngest male winner in New York. The previous youngest male winners were Alberto Salazar in 1980 and Tom Fleming in 1973, who won as 22-year-olds.
For most of the course, the men’s field was a three-man race between Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, Kenya’s Lucas Rotich and Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa. By mile 20, Ghebreslassie gradually began pulling away.
Meanwhile, a short time earlierof Kenya won her third straight New York City Marathon to become the first woman to win three consecutive marathons in New York since Grete Waltz’s five-year run from 1982 to 1986.