Kenya's Stanley Biwott won the 2015 New York City Marathon on Saturday, holding off a stiff challenge from countryman Geoffrey Kamworor and pulling away in the final two miles of the men's race.
Biwott finished in two hours, 10 minutes and 34 seconds, beating Kamworor by just 14 seconds.
|2015 NYC Marathon: Men's Top Finishers|
|7||Meb Keflezighi||02:13:32||United States|
|8||Craig Leon||02:15:16||United States|
|9||Birhanu Dare Kemal||02:15:40||United States|
|10||Kevin Chelimo||02:15:49||United States|
Biwott's journey has been a fascinating one, as he "worked on a dairy farm until 2006 and still owns 10 cows," according to Nick Zaccardi of NBC Olympic Talk.
Defending champion Wilson Kipsang finished fourth, while 2009 winner Meb Keflezighi of the United States came in seventh.
Meanwhile, for the second year in a row, Kenya's Mary Keitany won the women's race, this time in dominant fashion.
SportsCenter captured her crossing the finish line:
Keitany pulled away from second-place finisher Aselefech Mergia of Ethiopia around the 21-mile mark and bested her by 67 seconds. Keitany's time of 2:24:25 was nearly a minute faster than what she clocked last year. She is the first woman to win the race in consecutive years since Paula Radcliffe pulled off the feat in 2008.
"Coming to New York for the second time and being a champion again is really amazing to me," Keitany told ESPN after the race.
Ethiopia's Tigist Tufa finished third.
|2015 NYC Marathon: Women's Top Finishers|
|7||Laura Thweatt||02:28:23||United States|
|10||Caroline Rotich||02:33:19||United States|
For many of these runners, their next big competition will come in 2016 at the Rio Games. Keitany—who has also won the London Marathon twice and finished fourth at the 2012 London Games—will certainly be one of the favorites.