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New world record set at New York Marathon


A new world record was set at the New York City Marathon`on Sunday.

Well-known Cape Town Runner Dr Ismail Abdullah after finishing the New York City Marathon

None of the participants managed to beat Kenyan Eluid Kipchoge’s  time  of 2:01:39 set in Berlin earlier this year.

However, a total of 52,812 runners  managed to cross the finish lime after completing the 42.2 km.  This beat the  previous record of 51,394 finishers, set in 2016.

New York also has the Nos. 3 and 4 marks all-time, its 50,766 finishers in 2017 and 50,530 in 2014.

The New York City Marathon, which debuted in 1970, is known as the world’s largest annual marathon.

Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa and Kenyan Mary Keitany won the men’s and women’s races Sunday with the second-fastest times for each gender in course history. The top Americans were 2017 winner Shalane Flanagan (third) and Rio Olympian Jared Ward (sixth).

Notable finishers included five-time Olympic track runner Bernard Lagat (18th in his marathon debut in 2:17:20), four-time Olympian Meb Keflezighi (2,165th in 3:10:34 in a non-competitive effort) and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin (4:52:52).

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