Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia won the men’s race while Letesenbet Gidey finished second in the women’s event at the 2023 TSC New York Marathon on Sunday.
Tamirat set a new course-record time of 2:04:58, topping the 2:05.06 set by Geoffrey Mutai in 2011 of the World Athletics Platinum Label road race.
He pulled away from countrymate Jemel Yimer at mile 20 to secure his first-ever marathon major victory.
Kenya’s Albert Korir finished second in 2:06:57 while Shura Kitata of Ethiopia completed the podium, clocking 2:07:11.
Speaking to the US broadcaster ESPN, Tamirat said “This is my first Major win, [so] this is very, very important for me. After I [withdrew] from the world championships [this year in Budapest] because of my stomach, I [am] very happy for this. I am thankful for all the support as I ran.”
In the Women’s race, Letesenbet crossed the finishing line just 6 seconds behind the winner Hellen Obiri of Kenya.
Hellen, Letesenbet, and Sharon Lokedi of Kenya were all running together exchanging the lead.
Hellen made a move in the final part of the race and went on to win in 2:27:23, adding to her title at the Boston Marathon earlier this year.
Letesenbet finished second in 2:27:29 while the defending champion Sharon was third in 2:27:33.
Tamirat Tola, Ethiopia, 2:04:58 (course record)
Albert Korir, Kenya, 2:06:57
Shura Kitata, Ethiopia, 2:07:11
Hellen Obiri, Kenya, 2:27:23
Letesenbet Gidey, Ethiopia, 2:27:29
Sharon Lokedi, Kenya, 2:27:33
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