Gusting winds and cold temperatures were not enough to keep the more than 50,000 competitors from flooding the streets of New York City for the world’s largest annual marathon.
The 26.2-mile course worked its way through Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx before making the final push toward the finish line in Manhattan’s Central Park. The support from the crowds lining the streets helped the competitors make it through the adverse conditions and finish the marquee event.
On the men’s side, Kenyan Wilson Kipsang was victorious with a time of two hours, 10 minutes and 59 seconds. The women’s champion is Mary Keitany of Kenya, who finished with a time of 2:25:07.
Here are the top men’s and women’s finishers and a breakdown of the 2014 New York Marathon:
|2014 New York Marathon Top Finishers|
|Finish||Men's Top Finishers||Time||Women's Top Finishers||Time|
|1||Wilson Kipsang||2:10:59||Mary Keitany||2:25:07|
|2||Lelisa Desisa||2:11:06||Jemima Sumgong||2:25:10|
|3||Gebre Gebremariam||2:12:13||Sara Moreira||2:26:00|
Breaking Down the 2014 New York Marathon
As one of the world’s premier races, the competition was unsurprisingly fierce on the streets of New York City.
Kipsang was one of the favorites on the men’s side and did not disappoint. While his performance was not enough to beat the course record (Geoffrey Mutai finished with a time of 2:05:06 in 2011), he still managed to achieve history.
With his win Sunday, Kipsang became the first man to take home the vaunted London Marathon, Berlin Marathon and New York Marathon trifecta over the course of his career.
The official Twitter of the New York Marathon shared his history-making moment:
Kipsang spoke about the finish of the race and competing this year following Hurricane Sandy's impact on last year's race, per AFP, via Yahoo Sports:
Towards the end, I saw Desisa was very close to me and very strong. I saved some energy for that final sprint. I knew in the final 100 meters he couldn't beat me.
I was really hoping to compete in this race. I love New York.
Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia finished second with a time of 2:11:06 and fellow Ethiopian Gebre Gebremariam of rounded out the top three with a time of 2:12:13. World-renowned runner Meb Keflezighi finished fourth.
When asked about the attempts to break the world record in New York, marathon consultant David Monti told John Jeansonne of Newsday the following:
You would need one or two runners designated to be record-attempters and everyone else catering to them. Take the Olympic marathon, which has incredible depth. What happens at the start? Do they run as fast as possible? Just the opposite. They look at each other; it's a poker game. A record attempt is not a poker game. You must go from the beginning. No hesitation.
On the women’s side, Keitany’s time of 2:25:07 was close to the record set by Margaret Okayo in 2003 (2:22:31), but the unfavorable conditions made achieving the record extremely difficult. Jemima Sumgong of Kenya finished second with a time of 2:25:10 and Sara Moreira of Portugal rounded out the top three with a time of 2:26:00.
There were plenty of celebrities and athletes who took part in the marathon, including tennis star Caroline Wozniacki and NBA commissioner Adam Silver:
The weather wasn’t ideal for running a marathon, but each competitor brought his or her best Sunday and the result was a memorable event.
With the beautiful City of New York as the backdrop for the race, the 2014 edition of the event lived up to the hype.
*Stats and information via TCSNYCMarathon.org.