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Kenyans Lokedi and Chebet win thrilling New York Marathon races


On Sunday morning in New York, Kenyan Sharon Lokedi proved it was possible to win a marathon on the first try, but Brazilian Daniel Do Nascimento showed that it was not possible to do it by running alone most of the time. time.

Sharon Lokedi wins the Women’s Professional Open Division during the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon on November 06, 2022 in New York City. (Photo: Bryan Bedder/New York Road Runners via Getty Images)

On her stunning 26.2-mile debut, Lokedi, a 28-year-old former University of Kansas runner, broke away from the leading pack of women at the 24-mile mark and passed the Israeli runner from Kenyan-born Lonah Salpeter to win Sunday’s New York. City marathon in 2:23:23. Salpeter, a bronze medalist at last summer’s World Championships in Athletics in Eugene, Oregon, finished seven seconds behind to secure second place (2:23:30), followed by Ethiopia’s Gotytom Gebreslase third in 2:23:39.

Evans Chebet wins the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon on November 06, 2022 in New York (Photo: Bryan Bedder/New York Road Runners via Getty Images)

In the men’s race, Kenya’s Evans Chebet took charge after Do Nascimento’s breakaway saw him succumb to cramps and exhaustion near mile 21 in the Bronx. Chebet, who patiently raced with the men’s chasing pack through the 15-mile mark, put in a strong push through the second half of the race to win in 2:08:41.

In winning his fifth marathon since 2019, Chebet, 33, also achieved the rare feat of winning the New York City Marathon the same year he took victory in the Boston Marathon, which he won in 2:06 :51 in April. .

Lokedi and Chebet each took home $100,000 in prize money for their wins.

It was an unusually hot day in New York, with temperatures expected to soar into the 70s by late afternoon, which would challenge the record for the hottest race since the marathon was moved in November 1986.

Tuliamuk, a 2020 U.S. Olympian, was the top female American, finishing seventh in 2:26:18 (5:35 per mile) and Scott Fauble was the top male American, finishing ninth overall in 2:13 :35.

Linden, Do Nascimento Early breakaway leaders

Both the women’s and men’s races saw singular runners start out in front to pick up the pace in the opening kilometres. In the women’s elite race, which started 15 minutes before the men, Linden, the 2018 Boston Marathon champion and two-time U.S. Olympian, surged forward and found herself ahead of the large female lead pack, pushing the pace. nearby. record pace of the course on the 10 km split (34:26). Linden was sucked into the lead pack near mile 10 and then the women’s race really started to unfold.

Desiree Linden of the United States launched an early push pushing the pace just above the course record pace throughout the 10k segment. (Photo: Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Kenya’s Hellen Obiri, another first-time marathoner who recently moved to Boulder, Colorado, to train, was among the leaders of the 12-runner midfield (1:12:17), along with Lokedi, Gebreslase, Salpeter, Viola Cheptoo, Enda Kiplagat and the Americans Lindsay Flanagan and Alpiphine Tuliamuk.

The leading pack was reduced to six riders at the 15.5 mile mark as Gebreslase, Obiri, Salpeter, Cheptoo and Lokedi all passed in 1:25:46, with Kiplagat and Tuliamuk working hard 2 seconds off the pace . But as the leading women raced in and out of the Bronx, it became a four-man race, with Salpeter, Obiri, Lokedi and Gebreslase racing together the 21.7-mile distance in 1:59:13.

After Obiri fell back, Salpeter, Lokedi and Gebreslase continued to surge on the 23rd mile until he came back to Lokedi and Salpeter in a battle over the last 2 miles amidst a crowd of cheering fans at Central Park.

Salpeter looked like the likely winner, based on her personal best time of 2:17:45 from the 2020 Tokyo Marathon. But it was Lokedi, who was NCAA 10,000 meters champion for Kansas in 2018 and s He placed fourth in the New York City Half Marathon in March, which slipped away as the course hit the 25-mile mark on Central Park South. On the slight climb up Columbus Circle and Central Park, Lokedi continued to widen the gap over Salpeter to the finish line.

“I’m so glad I made it here,” said Lokedi, who raced in Under Armour’s new Flow Velociti Elite shoes. “The course was amazing, the people, the cheering, it was just amazing. I’m so happy, I’m at a loss for words.

Kenyan Evans Chebet wins as Brazilian Daniel Do Nascimento fades

In the men’s race, Do Nascimento, wearing purple shorts and a white tank top, took the lead and led the field by 31 seconds in the 5km (14:31) and 90 seconds in the 10km (28:42). He’s a legitimate elite runner, having finished third in the Seoul Marathon last spring in 2:04:51, the fastest time ever recorded by a non-African runner. But the rest of the men’s elite peloton were content to let Do Nascimento escape for the time being as he ran at a sub-2:30 pace, possibly because they were also ahead of the record pace of the course and because the morning temperature was exceptionally hot. and rising.

At the halfway point, Do Nascimento was still on a finish pace of less than 2:03 (4:46 per mile) and had built the lead at 2:13 as he passed in 1:01:22. But working together and biding their time behind him at a slightly more conservative pace, there was an international chasing group of Chebet, defending champion Albert Korir (Kenya), Abdi Nageeye (France), Mohamed El Aaraby (Morocco), Suguru Osako (Japan) and Shura Kitata (Ethiopia).

Although Do Nascimento continued to lead through the 18.6 mile split (1:29:09), he stopped for a bathroom break in a portapotty near mile 17, then slowed to walking and stretching for a while near mile 20. Chebet had separated from the peloton and was surging, throwing a 5k split of 14:37 (pace about 4:42 mile) to reduce the margin to less than a minute. The Brazilian was still in the lead for the 20 mile distance (1:36:22), but by then he had slowed down to 5:15 miles, it was clear that Chebet (1:37:02) was going the catch up.

Shortly after Do Nascimento succumbed to cramps and exhaustion and left the course near the 21st mile, Chebet flew past and never looked back. Kitata and El Aaraby were 20 seconds behind at the time, but only Kitata continued to climb as Chebet closed in on the finish. Chebet didn’t let go though, clocking the final miles in 5:05 to hold on for the win.

“I’m so thrilled to celebrate a win today,” Chebet said. “I knew going into this race that I would have a chance of a podium finish, but this field is so strong that nothing was guaranteed. Today’s result feels like a reward for all the hard work that I’ve been training for this race – couldn’t be happier.

Hug, Scaroni win wheelchair races

Marcel Hug of Switzerland won the men’s wheelchair race for the fifth time, tying Kurt Fearnley for the most wins in the event. Hug completed the 26.2-mile course that spans New York’s five boroughs in 1:25:26 to beat the previous mark of 1:29.22 set by Fearnley of Australia in 2006. American Susannah Scaroni broke the women’s wheelchair course record. race, finishing in 1:42.43, 21 seconds better than the old mark, which was held by Tatyana McFadden. Both Hug and Scaroni won $25,000 for their wins and $50,000 for their new course records.

Scaroni and Hug NYC Marathon 2022
USA’s Susannah Scaroni (L), winner of the women’s wheelchair division, and Switzerland’s Marcel Hug, winner of the men’s wheelchair division, pose for photos. (Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFPGetty Images)