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8 Nov

NYPB: Ghebreslassie Shows 20’s Plenty

Ghebreslassie20-year-old Ghirmay Ghebreslassie became the youngest ever winner of New York City Marathon on Sunday (6 November). The Eritrean finished in 2:07:51 – the third fastest time recorded in the event’s history.

Ghebrselassie was in philosophical mood following his victory, adding: “Nobody has won any marathon from Eritrea. I’m really proud of it. In order to achieve what you need during the race and before you must have full confidence. If you lose your confidence [it] means you are hopeless. If you lose your hope, you can't do anything."

The 2015 World Marathon champion missed his PB (2:07:46) set in London this year by just five seconds despite the tough course and cool, windy conditions. Ghebreslassie finished ahead of Lucas Rotich of Kenya (2:08:53) and USA’s Abdi Abdirahman (2:11:23) who at 39 is the oldest male top three finisher in the race’s history.

In the women’s race, Mary Keitany became the first woman this century to win three consecutive New York Marathons. She finished comfortably ahead of her American rivals Sally Kipyego (2:28:01) and Molly Huddle (2:28:13)

The fastest British male was Ben Cole (Tonbridge/Edinburgh Uni/Swindon) in 2:34:41 and Sarah Hanley of Kent AC the fastest female (3:05:20).

For a full list of results, visit our race listings page.

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