Making their New York City Marathon debuts, Kenya’s Evans Chebet and Sharon Lokedi won the men’s and women’s races on Sunday.
Chebet, 33, finished in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 41 seconds, which was 13 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Shura Kitata of Ethiopia. Brazilian Daniel Do Nascimento led by nearly 2 minutes for most of the men’s race, but right before he got back into Manhattan he collapsed at mile 21 and was attended to by medical professionals. After Do Nascimento’s collapse, Chebet took the lead and never was threatened the rest of the way. Chebet also won the Boston Marathon earlier this year.
Running her first-ever marathon, the 28-year-old Lokedi finished in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 23 seconds — just ahead of Lonah Chemtai Salpeter of Israel. Lokedi was in a tight race before she pulled ahead of Chemtai Salpeter in the final two miles to win by seven seconds and finish about 50 seconds off the course record.
It was an unseasonably warm day, with temperatures soaring into the 70s. It was also the first year that the marathon was back to full capacity since the pandemic.
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