Seitu’s World: Kenyans Joyciline Jepkosgei And Geoffrey Kamworor Win NYC Marathon

Photographs by Seitu Oronde

On Sunday, November 3rd, 2019, electeds, residents, and Sietu attended the winning ways of Kenyans Joyciline Jepkosgei and Geoffrey Kamworor who won the New York City Marathon.

In the women’s race, Jepkosgei powered away from four-time winner Mary Keitany in her first race ever at 26.2 miles. Kamworor of has won his second men’s title in three years at the New York City Marathon.

The world record holder in the half marathon, Jepkosgei finished first among thousands of competitors with an unofficial time of two hours, 22 minutes and 38 seconds, the second-fastest ever in the women’s open division, according to the New York City Marathon.

Joyciline Jepkosgei ruined esteemed countrywoman Mary Keitany’s chance at a fifth women’s title in the contest, but all kudos went to Kenya, as Keitany came in second, and Geoffrey Kamworor won the men’s division, his second NYC Marathon victory.

“My strategy I had planned was to finish the race strong,” Jepkosgei said in a statement. “But in the last kilometers, I saw that I was approaching the finish line and I was capable of winning.”

This year’s race, its 49th annual running, featured more than 50,000 competitors representing at least 125 nations.

The race began on Staten Island. Runners crossed the Verranzzano-Narrows Bridge and ran through Brooklyn and Queens before dipping into Manhattan en route to the Bronx. The course then doubled back to the finish line in Manhattan, located in Central Park.

Top prizes of $100,000 await Jepkosgei and Kamworor. Ward and Linden will both take home $25,000.

The wheelchair division saw repeat champions in Manuela Schar of Switzerland, who claimed her third straight title in New York, and Daniel Romanchuk, who became the first American (and youngest winner) to conquer the 2018 race.

The pair will take prizes of $25,000 each.

Kenya’s success comes three weeks after the country’s Brigid Kosgei and Lawrence Cherono finished tops in the Chicago Marathon. In that race, Kosgei shattered the women’s world record by 81 seconds.

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