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Joyciline Jepkosgei Wins the 2019 New York City Marathon

New York City Marathon in 2:22:38, a record time for a first attempt at the race.

Mary Keitany of Kenya who has won the New York City Marathon four times, was second in 2:23:32, and Ruti Aga of Ethiopia was third in 2:25:51.

Joyciline Jepkosgei and Mary Keitany celebrate their first and second place finishes at the 2019 New York City Marathon.
PHOTO: Jen Ator

Joyciline Jepkosgei and Mary Keitany celebrate their first and second place finishes at the 2019 New York City Marathon.

The temperature was 45 degrees with just a light breeze under sunny skies—what many pro runners welcomed as an opportunity to run aggressively a little earlier on than is typical on New York’s hilly terrain. Desiree Linden, who led the race for several miles before the half, was the first American to finish—she was sixth in 2:26:46. Kellyn Taylor was seventh in 2:26:52.

It was Jepkosgei’s first stab at a 26.2-mile race, though she showed tremendous promise in her young career. She is also the world record holder for the half marathon—1:04:51, set in the 2017 in Valencia. Jepkosgei just missed the course record of 2:22:31.

Keitany, 37, is the world record holder for the women’s only marathon—2:17:01, set in London in 2017. Aga, 25, of Ethiopia is also the 2019 Tokyo Marathon champion, who has a 2:18:34 personal best.

Jepkosgei takes home $100,000 for first place.

This story will be updated throughout the day.

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