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Shalane Flanagan Is 1st American Woman To Win New York Marathon In 40 Years

Shalane Flanagan crosses the finish line Sunday morning to win the New York City Marathon. She is the first U.S. woman to win the race in 40 years.
Shalane Flanagan crosses the finish line Sunday morning to win the New York City Marathon. She is the first U.S. woman to win the race in 40 years. Photo Credit: TCS NYC Marathon via Twitter

Shalane Flanagan pulled away from her competitors with a mile to go to win the New York City Marathon on Sunday, becoming the first American to win the women's event in 40 years.

Flanagan's unofficial time was 2 hours, 26 minutes, 53 seconds on the 26.2-mile course through all five boroughs.

Mary Keitany of Kenya, who won in New York twice in the past three years, finished second behind Flanagan.

It was Flanagan's first marathon of the year after injuring her back in February. The 36-year-old is a a Massachusetts native who lives in Oregon.

Flanagan had said that if she won on Sunday, it could be her last marathon. She placed second in her marathon debut in New York in 2010 and finished sixth in the marathon in the Olympics in Rio.

American Miki Gorman won the venerable race in both 1976 and 1977.

American Meb Keflezighi, 42, finished 11th in the race Sunday, which will be his last race. He won the New York Marathon in 2009 and the Boston Marathon in 2014.

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