Mary Keitany became the first woman in 30 years to win three or more New York City Marathons in a row, finishing in 2:24:26 on a temperate, sun-speckled Sunday morning.
Keitany, of Kenya, led from the very beginning and broke away from countrywoman Joyce Chepkirui at the 14-mile mark. Running at a 5:31 pace, she is the first woman since Norwegian Grete Waitz to string together this many wins in a row. Waitz won nine New York City marathons and five straight, ending in 1986.
The win is a return to form for Keitany, 34, who finished ninth in the London Marathon after battling stomach illness, and failed to make the Kenyan national team at the Rio Olympics.
Sally Kipyego – the 10,000-meter silver medalist in 2012 who ran her first New York City marathon last year and didn’t finish – more than made up for her past failings. She came in second in 2:28.01, while American Molly Huddle, running her first marathon, was third in 2:28.13. Huddle came in sixth in 10,000-meter in the Rio Olympics.
Chepkirui finished fourth in 2:29:08. Tatyana McFadden won the women's wheelchair division race in 1:47:43. It was her fourth straight New York City marathon win and fifth overall.