It was the 23rd mile in Sunday’s New York Marathon when everything changed for Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei, who came back from a refuel looking stronger than ever.
After running alongside four-time champion and countrywoman Mary Keitany, Jepkosgei’s strides became longer as she powered through her threshold to gain a four-second lead – which had extended to 16 by mile 25.
When Jepkosgei glanced over her shoulder to see Keitany in the distance, she hadn’t expected to turn back around to make history. She crossed the line at 2:23:32 in her marathon debut, taking the title from Keitany who had won the event four of the past five years.
A smile appeared on the face of the 25-year-old as she raised her hands to the air in elation, with Keitany coming in 54 seconds later. Jepkosgei had plotted a signature moment in sporting history, taking the torch from one of the best marathon runners of all time.
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Jepkosgei holds the world record in the half-marathon, also winning the NYC Half-Marathon in March becoming the first runner to do so. She is also the youngest winner since 25-year-old Margaret Okayo in 2001.
Fellow Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor won the men’s division marking his second men's title in three years at the New York City Marathon. He crossed the Central Park finish line at 2 hours, 8 minutes and 13 seconds.News Now - Sport News