Desisa clinches men’s race at New York Marathon

Lelisa Desisa crosses the line to win the New York Marathon while Kenya’s Mary Keitany on the other hand wins the women’s title for the fourth time in her career

Lelisa Desisa has done really well to clinch the men’s race at the New York Marathon in the United States.

Meanwhile, the Ethiopian who won the Boston Marathon in 2013 and 2015 had initially never excelled in New York City.

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Kenya’s Mary Keitany on her own part won the New York City Marathon for the fourth time in her career.

And she achieved the feat four times in the last five years as Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa sealed the men’s title.

Keitany reclaims women’s title

Keitany finished second last year but reclaimed the title in an unofficial time of two hours, 22 minutes, 48 seconds.

She finished almost four minutes well ahead of her fellow compatriot, Vivian Cheruiyot while the USA’s Shalane Flanagan was third.

Desisa who is 28-years of age held off fellow countryman, Shura Kitata by two seconds to win the men’s race.

A two-time winner in the city of Boston, United States, he crossed the line in an unofficial time of 2:05.59.

And that was only 54 seconds short of the New York men’s record which Geoffrey Mutai had created in 2011.

The marathon’s defending champion in the person of none other than Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya finished in the third position.

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