Obiri triumph at New York City marathon

Boston marathon champion Hellen Onsando Obiri won the New York City Marathon held yesterday in the USA.

The double 5,000m Olympic silver medalist won the title after clocking 2:27:23 ahead of Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey who emerged second in 2:27:29 and defending champion Sharon Lokedi finished third in 2:27:33.

She twice blazed to the gold podium in the 5000m race during the 2017 and 2019 World Championships and bagged another gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

She prides herself on the 1500m bronze at the Moscow 2013 World Championships, the 3000m silver at the Sopot 2014 World Indoor Championships, and the 3000m gold at the Istanbul 2012 World Indoor Championships.

The 33-year-old sergeant has experienced an amazing season with triumphs in the Boston Marathon and Great Manchester 10k Run.

Ethiopian Tamirat Tola won the men’s title in a course-record time of 2:04:58 ahead of Kenya’s Albert Korir (2:06:57) and Ethiopian Shura Kitata coming third at 2:07:11.

Selected results

MEN: 1. Tamirat Tola ETH 2:04:58, 2. Albert Korir KEN 2:06:57, 3. Shura Kitata KEN 2:07:11, 4. Abdi Nageeye NED 2:10:21, 5. Koen Naert BEL 2:10:25, 6. Maru Teferi ISR 2:10:28, 7. Iliass Aouani ITA 2:10:54, 8. Edward Cheserek KEN 2:11:07, 9. Jemal Yimer ETH 2:11:31, 10. Futsum Zienasellassie 2:12:09, 11. Elkanah Kibet 2:12:23

WOMEN: 1. Hellen Obiri KEN 2:27:23, 2. Letesenbet Gidey ETH 2:27:29, 3. Sharon Lokedi KEN 2:27:33, 4. Brigid Kosgei KEN 2:27:45, 5. Mary Ngugi KEN 2:27:53, 6. Viola Cheptoo KEN 2:28:11, 7. Edna Kiplagat KEN 2:29:40, 8. Kellyn Taylor 2:29:48, 9. Molly Huddle 2:32:02, 10. Fantu Zewude Jifar 2:34:10

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