Kamworor and Jepkosgei Win NYC Marathon

by Clay Shaw

NEW YORK CITY, NY—NOVEMBER 3, 2019.  On a perfect day for running, the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon became the world’s largest marathon ever, with 53,627 finishers. (Old record 52,813 finishers, 2018 TCS New York City Marathon).

Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya won in 2:08:13, becoming the 10th runner to win multiple New York City Marathons, in 2017 and now 2019.  He has won two World Cross Country Championships (2015 Guiyang and 2017 Kampala) and set the world half-marathon record of 58:01 in Copenhagen earlier in 2019.  He has won the IAAF World Half Marathon three times. 

Joyciline Jepkosgei of Iten, Kenya won her debut at the marathon distance in 2:22:38, which was the second fastest time ever in the women’s open division in New York City Marathon history.  She became the first athlete since Gebre Gebremariam in 2010 to win the New York City Marathon in their debut at the distance.  Jepkosgei, like Kamworor is the owner of the world half-marathon record, a 1:04:51 set in winning the 2017 Valencia Half Marathon in Spain.  In March of this year, Jepkosgei won the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon on her first trip to the USA.

Numbers game for top USA finishers:  Desiree Linden (2:26:46) and Jared Ward (2:10:45) both finished sixth and top American for the second straight year.

Abdi Abdurahman of Tucson, AZ set a new American masters record of 2:11:34. The old record of 2:12:10 was set by Bernard Lagat in July of this year at the Gold Coast Marathon in Australia.

Masters women dominated with four in the top fifteen. Nancy Kiprop, 40, of Kenya was fourth in 2:26:21. She uses her prize money to help upgrade the school she built in Kenya in 2018. Sinead Diver of Australia was fifth in 2:26:23. Diver, 42, became Australia’s 3rd fastest marathoner ever with a 2:24:11 set in London in April 2019.  Diver has also broken the master’s half-marathon record with a 1:08:55 in Marugame Half Marathon in Japan.  Originally from Ireland, she didn’t start running until 2010.  Roberta Groner of Ledgewood, NJ was 13th in 2:30:12.  Groner, 41, represented the USA in the IAAF World Championships Marathon in Doha, Qatar and ran smart and tough to finish sixth overall. In April, she set a person best of 2:29:06 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  Kate Landau of Jacksonville, FL, another 42-year-old was 15th in 2:33:04. Once a high school running prodigy and a successful collegiate athlete, she did so while battling an eating disorder.  Today Landau credits balance of family, career, and running for her success. 

Girma Bekele Gebre, 26, an Ethiopian sub-elite runner who runs with the New York West Side Runners Club, shocked the world with his podium finish (3rd overall in 2:08:38).  He doesn’t have a sponsor or an agent.  I have known Gebre for years, having photographed races in Philadelphia and various other east coast races where he has competed.

Top 20 Men

  1. 2:08:13 Geoffrey Kamworor KEN
  2. 2:08:36 Albert Korir KEN
  3. 2:08:38 Girma Bekele Gebre ETH
  4. 2:09:20 Tamirat Tola ETH
  5. 2:10:39 Shura Kitata ETH
  6. 2:10:45 Jared Ward UT
  7. 2:11:11 Stephen Sambu KEN
  8. 2:11:18 Yoshiki Takenouchi JPN
  9. 2:11:34 Abdi Abdirahman (42) AZ
  10. 2:12:07 Connor McMillan UT
  11. 2:12:57 Arne Gabius GER
  12. 2:13:09 Daniel Mesfun ERI
  13. 2:13:35 Birhanu Dare Kemal ETH
  14. 2:14:10 Tyler Pennel NC
  15. 2:14:13 John Raneri CT
  16. 2:14:16 Patricio Castillo MEX
  17. 2:14:24 Tadesee Yae ETH
  18. 2:15:38 Tyler Jermann MN
  19. 2:16:10 Joe Whelan NY
  20. 2:16:34 Louis Serafini MA

Top 20 Women

  1. 2:22:38 Joyciline Jepkosgei KEN
  2. 2:23:32 Mary Keitany KEN
  3. 2:25:51 Ruti Aga ETH
  4. 2:26:21 Nancy Kiprop (40) KEN
  5. 2:26:23 Sinead Diver (42) AUS
  6. 2:26:46 Desiree Linden MI
  7. 2:26:52 Kellyn Taylor AZ
  8. 2:27:07 Ellie Pashley AUS
  9. 2:27:27 Belaynesh Fikadu ETH
  10. 2:27:36 Mary Ngugi KEN
  11. 2:27:48 Gerda Steyn RSA
  12. 2:28:12 Aliphine Tuliamuk AZ
  13. 2:30:12 Roberta Groner (41) NJ
  14. 2:31:55 Katy Jermann MN
  15. 2:33:04 Kate Landau (43) FL
  16. 2:34:43 Yinli He CHN
  17. 2:36:00 Danna Herrick MI
  18. 2:37:09 Alia Gray CO
  19. 2:37:38 Bizuwork Getahun ETH
  20. 2:40:04 Paula Pridgen NC
Ruti Aga of Ethiopia, Joyciline Jepkosgei and Mary Keitany of Kenya share the lead entering Manhattan.
Nancy Kiprop of Kenya and Desiree Linden of Michigan at mile 16 chasing the lead trio.
Sinead Diver of Australia would place 5th in 2:26:23 and second master. Mary Ngugi, Belaynesh Fikadu, and Buze Diriba form line.
Kellyn Taylor of Flagstaff, AZ would finish 7th in 2:26:52 and second USA.
Gerda Steyn of South Africa leads Aliphine Tuliamuk of AZ and Katy Jermann of MN.
Roberta Groner of NJ enters Manhattan. She would place 3rd master and 13th overall.
Danna Herrick of Michigan is happy to be off the bridge and into Manhattan.
Danna Herrick of Michigan and Bizuwork Getahun of Ethiopia come off the Queensboro Bridge onto 59th Street.
Lead men enter Manhattan led by Albert Korir and Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya, Tamirat Tola and Girma Bekele Gebre #443.
Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya, seeking to win back his title, runs with Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia, Girma Bekele Gebre #443 of Ethiopia, Yoshiki Takenouchi of Japan and Brett Robinson of Australia.
Jared Ward of Utah, 2016 USA Olympian, would place 6th in 2:10:45 and top American again this year.
Abdi Abdirahman of Tucson, Arizona set a new USA master record of 2:11:14, finishing 9th overall and top master.
Birhanu Dare of Ethiopia and Harbert Okuti of Uganda enter Manhattan from the Queensboro Bridge.
Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya runs a smashing debut at the marathon distance with a win at the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon. (2:22:38)
Mary Keitany of Kenya, 4-time NYC Marathon champion, finishes second in 2019 with a 2:23:32
Ruti Aga of Ethiopia took the final podium spot, finishing third in 2:25:51.
Nancy Kiprop of Kenya is fourth overall and top master in 2:26:21.
Desiree Linden of Charlevoix, Michigan is top USA and sixth overall in 2:26:46.
Ellie Pashley of Australia finished 7th in 2:27:07.
Gerda Steyn of South Africa charges toward a new PB of 2:27:48. She placed 11th as 12 women went sub 2:30.
Kate Landau of Jacksonville, FL is 15th overall and 4th master in 2:33:04, in what could be the best women’s master field ever.
Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya strides away from the rest of the field as he won the New York City Marathon for the second time.
Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya charges through Central Park to win his second TCS New York City Marathon. He won in 2:08:13.
Albert Korir of Kenya hangs onto second place, ahead of Girma Bekele Gebre of Ethiopia. Korir was in with a 2:08:36 and Gebre in 2:08:38.
Girma Bekele Gebre of Ethiopia finishes third in a new best of 2:08:38. TV called him the citizen runner, with no sponsor and no agent.
Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia placed fourth in 2:09:20.
Jared Ward of Utah finished as top American in 6th overall in 2:10:45.
Connor McMillan of American Fork, Utah takes 12 minutes off his personal best. McMillan finished 10th overall in 2:12:07. Daniel Mesfun of Eritrea was 12th in 2:13:09.
Tyler Pennel of Blowing Rock, NC placed 14th in 2:14:10. A citizen runner Patricio Castillo of Mexico was 16th in 2:14:16.
Louis Serafini of Boston, MA placed 20th in 2:16:34.

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