U.S. woman first to win NYC Marathon since 1977

History-making moments don’t come around every day, but for Shalene Flanagan, Nov. 5 brought one of those moments.

According to the New York Daily News, American distance runner Shalane Flanagan won this year’s women’s New York City Marathon, completing the race in unofficial time of 2:26:53. This, says the News, makes Flanagan “the first American woman to win the signature distance race since Miki Gorman won in 1977.”

Flanagan previously finished sixth in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but the News says her victory at the recent Marathon prevented previous winner and Kenya native Mary Keitany from achieving her fourth win, leaving beyind Keitany and Ethiopian competitor Mamitu Daska near the Mile 23 mark.

Way to go, Shalene!

 

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