The TSC 2015 New York marathon competition script did not stretch beyond imagination as Kenyans uphold the winning tradition with Mary Keitany and Stanley Biwott extending the dominancy in the race.
The victory elicited excitement from all the corners of the country with President Uhuru Kenyatta and Athletics Kenya fraternity cabling congratulation posts to the team for the good results immediately after the race beamed live in selected channels.
The Kenyans once again proved their supremacy after dominating all the World Marathon Majors, a trend that has confirmed the strength of the country’s running forte especially in long distant events.
Keitany, two times London marathon Champion, successfully defended her last year’s victory while Biwott stamped his authority in the race after placing 5th in the same event in 2013 where he clocked 2:10.41. Keitany triumphed in 2:24:25
“Join me in Congratulating Mary Keitany and Stanley Biwott on winning the New York Marathon and Geoffrey Kamworor on coming second. They have done Kenya Proud,” read the President’s epistle.
At Keelu Resort in Iten where enthusiasm was at near boiling point as fans watched every step by Keitany and men’s defending champion Wilson Kipsang keenly, wild exhilarations welcome the results despite of the latter that was highly favoured, missed the podium.
“Tumefurahia ushindi was Keitany na Biwott ingawa tulimtakia Kipsang. (We are happy with Keitany and Biwott although we expected Kipsang to win),” said Ken Cheruiyot, Run fast Coach.
The posting in Athletics Kenya read; “We congratulate the stellar performers from our athletes at the just concluded 2015 New York City Marathon led by men’s champion, Stanley Biwott and Women’s Champion Mary Keitany for once again placing the country at the pedestal of global acclaim.
“We acknowledge the brilliant performances that saw Keitany defend her title in 2:24.25, Biwott baging his greatest victory in his career in a time of 2:10:34 and Geoffrey Kamworor who achieved a podium slot as he came second in 2:10.48,” concluded the message that also singled out Kipsang, Sally Kipyego, Priscah Jeptoo and Caroline for appreciation.
Kipsang, who was using the race along the streets of the big Apple to redeem himself after not- a- good season this year, dropped to the fourth place behind Biwott and Kamworor after also ranking second behind Eliud Kipchoge in London and failing to finish in Beijing, China, during the World Championships in August.
Biwott and Keitany victories duplicated the last three editions where Geoffrey Mutai and Prisca Jeptoo timed 2:08.24 and 2:25.07 in winning in 2013 and the year after when Kipsang and Keitany dictated the outcome.
Ethiopia’s Aselefech Mergia was second in 2:25.32 while Priscah and Caroline Rotich, the other Kenyans in the race, crossed 6th and 10th timing 2:27.57 and 2:33.19 apart.
The New York performance brought Keitany on the same footing with Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia in angling for World Marathon Majors overall title with 41 points while Eliud Kipchoge still commands the lead in men with 50 points. Biwott moves to 5th position with 29 points.
The winner will be determined by the scores in Tokyo Marathon on February 28th next year.
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