Mary Keitany, Lelisa Desisa win New York Marathon

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New York Marathon winner Mary Keitany (Getty Images)

Mary Keitany blew away the field to win the New York Marathon for a fourth time and Lelisa Desisa finished strongly to secure victory in the men’s race on Sunday.

Keitany produced another masterclass of long-distance running, clocking the second-fastest time recorded in the race by a female athlete of two hours, 22 minutes and 48 seconds.

The 36-year-old Kenyan, runner-up last year, crossed the line over three minutes before second-placed compatriot and London Marathon winner Vivian Cheruiyot, with 2017 winner Shalane Flanagan third in her homeland.

Keitany wilted after chasing a world-record time in London in April, but learned from that painful experience and eased to an emphatic triumph after completing the second half of the course in only 1:06:58.

“I didn’t want to rush at the beginning to suffer at the end,” Keitany said. “I wanted to be comfortable so I could be strong at the finish.”

Desisa produced a strong finish in Central Park to claim his maiden New York win in a time of 2:05:59.

The Ethiopian battled it out with compatriot Shura Kitata after shaking off Geoffrey Kamworor and still had enough in the tank to produce a final burst.

Kitata was second, with last year’s winner Kamworor filling the podium.