A 12 months after Hellen Obiri made her marathon debut in New York Metropolis and completed sixth, she earned her redemption with a dash end over Letesenbet Gidey within the last mile to win the 2023 TCS New York Metropolis Marathon. Obiri is the primary lady in 34 years to win the Boston Marathon and the New York Metropolis Marathon in the identical 12 months.
Obiri got here into Central Park sprinting away from the chasing Gidey with lower than a mile to go, profitable by an in depth margin of 5 seconds over the ladies’s 10,000m world file holder.
With a star-studded girls’s discipline, all eyes had been on the long-standing course file of two:22:31 earlier than the race started. The ladies made it clear that they weren’t out to get the file within the first 10K–ruling out the prospect of a quick time with a slower-than-usual tempo.
The ladies’s race didn’t actually start in earnest till the ultimate eight kilometres, when Kenya’s Viola Cheptoo pushed a five-minute mile tempo on the entrance, Obiri, Gidey and 2022 champion Sharon Lokedi in pursuit. Then the three started to surge. “I saved telling myself to be affected person,” Obiri mentioned in a post-race interview with Canadian Working. “I do know my strengths are within the last few miles, and I made positive to offer these all I had.”
Gidey completed 5 seconds behind Obiri for her second profession marathon and first main. 2022 NYC champion Lokedi rounded out the rostrum, ending 10 seconds behind Obiri and 4 seconds after Gidey for third.
Hellen Obiri 🇰🇪 is the queen of NYC!
She sprints to her second-consecutive marathon victory in 2:27:23!#NYCMarathon #RunYourWay pic.twitter.com/xDpSNm94B8
— Canadian Working (@CanadianRunning) November 5, 2023
Obiri’s time of two:27:23 was the slowest profitable mark since Edna Kiplagat ran 2:28:20 in 2010. “I got here right here to win,” says Obiri. “Final 12 months, I made errors, and this 12 months I felt I discovered from them.”
The final lady to win Boston and New York in the identical 12 months was Norway’s Ingrid Kristiansen in 1989. Obiri hopes her historic win will earn her a spot on the Kenyan marathon workforce for the 2024 Paris Olympics. There isn’t any doubt that if she good points choice from Athletics Kenya she shall be one of many favourites to win gold.
Ladies’s prime 10 finishers
1. Hellen Obiri (KEN) — 2:27:23
2. Letesenbet Gidey (ETH) — 2:27:29
3. Sharon Lokedi (KEN) — 2:27:33
4. Brigid Kosgei (KEN) — 2:27:45
5. Mary Ngugi (KEN) — 2:27:53
6. Viola Cheptoo (KEN) — 2:28:11
7. Edna Kiplagat (KEN) — 2:29:40
8. Kellyn Taylor (USA) — 2:29:48
9. Molly Huddle (USA) — 2:32:02
10. Fantu Zewude Jifar (ETH) — 2:34:10
Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola breaks course file at 2023 TCS New York Metropolis Marathon
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