Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie Wins the New York City Marathon

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Historic Win. Ghebreslassie became the youngest to ever win the New York City Marathon.

By TesfaNews,

Ghirmay Ghebresiassie of Eritrea has won the New York City Marathon in the men’s field with a time of 2:07:51 to become the youngest NYC marathon winner in history at the age of 20.

Kenyan runner Lucas Rotich finished in second place with a time of 2:08:53 and American Abdi Abdirahman finished in third place with a time of 2:11:23.

For most of the course, the men’s field was a three-man race between Ghebresiassie, Kenya’s Lucas Rotich and Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa. By mile 20, Ghebresiassie gradually began pulling away in the 20th mile on First Avenue and kept a winning pace.

This marks the second time Ghebreslassie, who turns 21 next week, has been atop the podium of a major race. He won the 2015 world championships marathon in Beijing. He was also took fourth place in the marathon at the Olympic Games in Rio.

Kenyan runner Mary Keitany has won the women’s New York City Marathon for the third consecutive year with a time of 2:24:26.

The men’s and women’s champions will each receive $100,000. But Ghirmay will take another $25,000 for running sub-2:08.