Making his return to the New York City Marathon for the first time since a fifth place finish in 2013, Stanley Biwott, 29, of Kenya won this year’s edition in two hours, 10 minutes, 34 seconds. Coupled with a women’s victory by fellow Kenyan Mary Keitany, it marked the third consecutive year that a Kenyan won both the male and female races, organizers said.
Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya finished second in 2:10:48 and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia was third in 2:12:10. Defending champion Wilson Kipsang finished fourth in 2:12:45. Meb Keflezighi was the highest-finishing American, crossing the line in 2:13:32.
Biwott, a former dairy farmer who still owns 10 cows, came through the 5k split in 15:50, the 10k split in 31:32, the 15k in 47:30, the half-marathon in 1:06:51, the 25k in 1:19:39, and the 40k in 2:04:07.
Biwott’s fifth-place marathon finish in 2013 came in 2:10:41. After fading late in that race, Biwott revised his training regimen to include longer intervals. It paid off in a big way, with Biwott surging late to win Sunday.
Biwott won the 2012 Paris Marathon in 2:05:11. He finished fourth in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon in 2:06:41. He was second in the same race a year before, clocking a 2:04:55. Biwott ran a 59:20 half-marathon in The Hague, Netherlands in 2013. That time is still the second-fastest in the world.