She becomes the second woman to win three marathons in a row in New York
Kenya’s Mary Keitany, 34, won her third straight New York City marathon on Sunday, pulling ahead of the lead pack of runners and finishing with a time of 2:24:26.
In the men’s race, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea won with a time of 2:06:51. He was followed by Lucas Rotich of Kenya with 2:08:53 and Somali-born American runner Abdi Abdirahman with 2:11:23.
Keitany, whose quick pace at miles 16, 17 and 18 put her ahead in the race, became the second woman to win three marathons in a row in New York. She gained a lead at the 15-mile mark while running across the Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan.
Pulling in second and third place in the women’s race were Sally Kipyego of Kenya with 2:28:01 and American debut runner Molly Huddle with 2:28:13.
Fifty-thousand people ran the marathon this year, as New York celebrated the race’s 40th anniversary.