For the first time in 40 years an American woman claimed the individual title at the TCS New York City Marathon
And it was one of our own.
Former Marblehead High standout and US Olympic medalist Shalane Flanagan was the first to break the tape in Central Park on Sunday, defeating three-time champion Mary Keitany of Kenya with a winning time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, 53 seconds. Keitany finished second in 2:27:54. Mamitu Daska was third in 2:28:08.
Flanagan nestled herself behind the lead pack until 19 miles where she pulled alongside the front-running Keitany and Daska. She was able to break from the two runners by the 23rd mile and held on for his first Major Marathon victory.
Flanagan becomes the first US runner to win at NYC since Miki Gorman claimed her second straight crown in 1977.