ABBOTTWMM CHAMPION KEITANY CAPTURES NEW YORK TRIPLE AS GHEBRESLASSIE GRABS FIRST MAJORS SERIES X WIN
A Day of Dominance for Wheelchair Series Leaders Hug and McFadden
The reigning Abbott World Marathon Majors champion Mary Keitany made it three in a row with a commanding win at the TCS New York City Marathon today while world champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie took victory in the men's race as both leapt to third on the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series X leaderboards.
Series IX champion Keitany claimed her first 25 points of the current campaign as she blew apart the women's elite field in the second half and ran alone to victory in 2:24:26, becoming the first woman to win three consecutive New York Marathons since the great Grete Waitz in 1980.
Ghebreslassie finally grabbed his first Series X win when he broke clear of two rivals in the 20th mile and strode clear to take the tape in 2:07:51. After finishing fourth at both the Virgin Money London Marathon this April and the Rio Olympic Games in August, the 20-year-old Eritrean now lies third on the men's leaderboard with 29 points, just five behind Kenenisa Bekele, with Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge still on top with 50.
Keitany also moved to third in the women's standings as she made amends for being left out of Kenya's Rio Olympic team after placing only ninth in London. The 34-year-old now shares third spot overall with Ethiopians Aberu Kebede and Atsede Baysa. With two races to go, only compatriots Jemima Sumgong and Florence Kiplagat are above her on 50 and 34 points respectively.
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