On Sunday, Nov. 5, Olympic medalist Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman to win the NYC Marathon in 40 years. With a time of 2:26:53, she stands with the second-fastest time ever by an American woman.
The last American woman to win New York was Miki Gorman, who won consecutive titles in 1976-77.
Shalane Flanagan took the spot from Mary Keitany on Sunday. Keitany had won three straight New York marathons. Flanagan finished with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, 53 seconds, about a minute faster than Keitany.
“I’ve dreamed of a moment like this since I was a little girl. It means a lot to me, to my family—and hopefully, inspires the next generation of American women to just be patient. It took me seven years to do this. It took a lot of work for just this one moment.” ” Flanagan said, through tears.
Source: Runner’s World