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New York: Kenyan Jepkosgei wins her marathon debut


For the first time Joyciline Jepkosgei ran an official marathon and immediately won the famous New York race. Compatriot Kamworor made the Kenyan double victory perfect.

A duo from Kenya dominated this year's New York marathon: Geoffrey Kamworor and Joyciline Jepkosgei celebrated the one-two victory in one of the world's most popular and important races over the 42.195 kilometers.

For half-marathon world record holder Jepkosgei it was the first official marathon. A few kilometers before the finish, she was still in the lead together with the fourfold winner Mary Keitany, five thousand meters before the end, the 25-year-old then sat down from her compatriot. Jepkosgei won in 2:22:38 hours ahead of defending champion Keitany (2:23:32) and Ethiopian Ruti Aga (2:25:51). In March, Jepkosgei had already won the Half Marathon of New York.

In her marathon debut, Joyciline Jepkosgei's fastest is your 2019 #TCSNYCMarathon champion!

- TCS New York City Marathon (@nycmarathon) November 3, 2019

Jepkosgei's compatriot Kamworor triumphed for the second time after 2017, this time the 26-year-old finished first in 2:08:13. Second was also a Kenyan in 2:08:36 hours with Albert Korir. The Ethiopian Girma Bekele Gebre (2:08:38) took third place. Kamworor is training partner of world record holder Eliud Kipchoge.

The German record holder Arne Gabius was 11th in the DLV season best of 2:12:57 hours and missed the tenth place and the associated Olympic standard by 50 seconds. A top ten World Marathon Majors finish or 2:11:30 standard time will qualify as qualifiers for the Sapporo 2020 Olympic Marathon.

Around 52,000 runners competed in very good weather conditions. The New York Marathon is the world's biggest race over the classic distance.

Source: spiegel

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