New York, Nov 8 (MNN) Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir and Albert Korir won the women’s and men’s titles in the New York City Marathon 2021 here.
Jepchirchir won gold on her Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, and now she’s won on her first attempt in New York too.
The Olympic champ was in control from start to finish on Sunday (local time), dictating the pace and even pointing and talking to her rivals, telling them where to be on the road.
In a thrilling finish Jepchirchir pulled away from fellow Kenyan Viola Cheptoo to win by four seconds with Ethiopian runner Ababel Yeshaneh finishing third.
Tokyo 2020 marathon bronze medallist Molly Seidel of the USA finished just off the podium in fourth.
Albert Korir made it a Kenyan double as he crossed the finish line first in the men’s pro race.
Second in 2019, the 27-year-old claimed the biggest win of his career 44 seconds ahead of Moroccan Mohamed Reda El Aaraby, Eyob Faniel of Italy in third.
Jepchirchir came into this race well-rested after a 13-week breather following her sensational gold medal performance at Tokyo 2020, and never looked in trouble as she controlled the pace and had plenty in the tank for a final burst to the line.
Much of the talk pre-race focussed on four-time Olympic medallist Kenenisa Bekele, the Ethiopian came into the race having finished third in Berlin on September 26.
As Bekele dropped off a quick pace set early by Morocco’s El Aaraby and Italian Eyob Faniel, Korir bided his time and got his tactics right, running to his own rhythm and surging into the lead around the 10k (6 mile) mark.
The 27-year-old rising running star showed a clean pair of heels and would never be caught, building up a 44 second cushion on El Aaraby in second.
New York City Marathon 2021 Men’s Wheelchair results
Switzerland’s ‘Silver Bullet’ Marcel Hug claimed the NYC Marathon with six minutes 36 seconds to spare, continuing a stellar year in which he claimed four gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and victories in Berlin, London, Boston, and now New York City.
The six-time Paralympic gold medallist was different class as he claimed a fourth New York title in the Big Apple.
Half way through the race Hug had a three-minute lead, and by the end of the race he more than doubled that lead, once again underscoring his dominance over this discipline.
It was a fine result too for Britain’s evergreen David Weir who claimed second place, the 42-year-old won the NYC marathon back in 2010.
The NYC marathon is one of the biggest in the world and usually features over 50,000 finishers, while in these pandemic times it has been scaled back, around 30,000 people completed the course today.
New York City Marathon 2021 – Results
Albert Korir 2:08.22
Mohamed El Aaraby 2:09.06
Eyob Faniel 2:09.56
Elkanah Kibet 2:11.15
Abdi Nageeye 2:11.39
Peres Jepchirchir 2:22.39
Viola Cheptoo 2:22.44
Ababel Yeshaneh 2:22.52
Molly Seidel 2:24.42
Helalia Johannes 2:26.29
Marcel Hug 1:31.24
David Weir 1:38.01
Daniel Romanchuk 1:38.22
Madison de Rozario 1:51.01
Tatyana McFadden 1:53.59
Manuela Schaer 1:54.02