© Reuters. Tokyo Olympics 2020 – Athletics – Women’s Marathon – Sapporo Odori Park, Sapporo, Japan – August 7, 2021. Beris Jepchercher of Kenya celebrates after winning the gold medal while carrying the Kenyan flag.
Written by Amy Tenry
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Olympic champion Beris Jepchershire won the 50th race of the New York City Marathon on Sunday, surviving a thrilling three-way battle before running to the finish line and Kenyan Albert Currier winning the men’s race.
Gibshire is the first female athlete to win Olympic gold and win the famous five-block race in the same year when she crossed the finish line in 2:22:39, with compatriot Viola Chepto and Ethiopia’s Ababil Yeshane finishing second and third. Straight.
“After I won the Olympic marathon, I wasn’t expecting to win,” said Jepshire, who only had 13 weeks between the Games and New York. “I did my best to make sure I completed the exercises, my preparations… I am very happy today.”
American Molly Seidel, who took bronze from the Tokyo Games, finished fourth and revealed after the race that she had broken two ribs a month ago and was considering quitting.
“Maybe a couple of weeks ago it was so painful it was getting in the way of my ability to do anything,” Seidel said.
Currier, who finished second in 2019, came 52 seconds behind the center stage leader but took a 17 second lead through the 35 kilometres.
He jumped into the air when he broke the bar at 2:08:22 in Central Park, Morocco’s Mohamed Elaraby came 44 seconds behind and Italy’s Ayoub Fennell third.
“In 2021 we had some practice, some races were canceled, but we continue to practice,” said Courier, who did not participate last year. “When I had the opportunity to race in New York… I did more.”
The temperature hovered around 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4.44 degrees Celsius) on Staten Island at the start of the marathon at 8 a.m. ET, after a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Swiss Marcel Haug won the men’s wheelchair class for the fourth time with a time of 1:31:24, and Paralympic champion Madison de Rosario was the first Australian to win the women’s wheelchair race, finishing in 1:51:01.
Sunday’s race kicked off 13 weeks after the Tokyo Games and capped a chaotic year for major marathons after London and Boston moved from their traditional April to October dates due to the pandemic.
Hogg, who took marathon gold for the second time in a row at the Tokyo Paralympics, was a huge success in 2021, also winning the Boston Marathon and the Berlin Marathon.
“It’s definitely a crazy season,” Hough said. “The hardest season I’ve had so far.”
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