50,000 runners and 2 million spectators didn't let heightened security and concerns following the recent terrorist incident dampen their enthusiasm at yesterday's New York City Marathon. And they were rewarded with a classic 2017 renewal of the event they claim is the 'greatest race in the world'.
There was delight for the home crowd as Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman to win the race in 40 years denying superstar Mary Keitany an expected 'four in a row' triumph that would have put her on par with marathon great Grete Waitz. Flanagan broke the tape on 2:26:53 followed by Keitany (2:27:54) and Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska (2:28:08).
Meanwhile the men's contest was one of the closest in New York Marathon history. In an all-Kenyan joust at the head of affairs Geoffrey Kamworor (2:10:53) held off the vastly experienced Wilson Kipsang by just three seconds to claim his first marathon prize with Lelisa Desisa (2:11:32) third.
New York 2017 also saw the return of Kathrine Switzer (4:48:21) to marathon running and post-race the 70-year-old tweeted: "Yes I did it! Thanks to everyone cheering for me and a special thanks to my @261Fearless team!"