Shalane Flanagan Solves NYC Marathon for American Women

Mary Keitany wins the London Marathon Mary Keitany wins the London Marathon

Keitany had won three straight NY marathons, but Flanagan pulled away from the Kenyan great with about three miles to go.

Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor won the New York City Marathon men's title on Sunday, taking his first victory at the distance as the race took place just five days after a deadly Manhattan truck attack left eight people dead.

Flanagan, 36, finished in 2 hours, 26 minute, 53 seconds. The two runners embraced at the finish line after it was all over. and then no doubt fled soon after for a dark, quiet bedroom and some well-earned rest.

Manuela Schaar won her first New York City Marathon in 1:48:09 after finishing second to American Tatyana McFadden for the past three years. Kenya's Wilson Kipsang took second place, finishing in 2:10:56, and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, victor of the 2013 and 2015 Boston Marathons, finished third in 2:11:32.

Beating Keitany in NY may be running's toughest test right now.

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American running great and 2009 NY victor Meb Keflezighi completed his 26th and final marathon in 11th place at 2:15:29, collapsing as he crossed the finish.

In men's event, Kamworor held off compatriot Wilson Kipsang's challenge to win at a time of 2:10:53.

Kamworor took his first victory at the distance in his seventh marathon start.

"Thank you NY for showing up today", Keflezighi told the crowd. "The course is fantastic", Kamworor said. Still, she made a decision to continue training near San Juan, seeking out safe places to run amid the wreckage.

"It has been a tough week for New Yorkers and a tough week for our nation and I thought what better gift than to make our nation and our people smile", Flanagan said. Forget about chasing gold - the actor and fitness nut was mostly anxious about avoiding humiliation. I don't want to see a bunch of memes of me looking bad out here.

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