Jepchirchir and Korir Win TCS New York City Marathon

by Clay Shaw

New York, NY, November 7, 2021—Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya became the first ever Olympic marathon champion to win the New York City Marathon in the same year.  The Olympic Gold Medalist won in 2:22:44 in her first ever visit to the United States.  With a 92-day recovery cycle, she explained, “The time was short.  I completed my workouts, my preparations.  I am so happy today, in the City of New York.”  Jepchirchir had been running with Viola Cheptoo of Kenya, (sister of Bernard Lagat), who was running her first marathon, and Ababel Yeshaneh of Ethiopia, who had owned the half-marathon world record.  As the trio turned off 59th Street and back into Central Park, Jepchirchir powered away.  Cheptoo finished in 2:22:44, a remarkable debut that her brother enjoyed publicly on the TV broadcast.  Yeshaneh was third in 2:22:52. 

Molly Seidel of Hartland, Wisconsin, the Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist, was fourth in 2:24:42 earning a personal best, as well as the fastest NYC Marathon ever by an American woman.  Helalia Johannes of Namibia, 41, was fifth and top master in 2:26:09.  Kellyn Taylor of Flagstaff, AZ was sixth in 2:26:10.  Annie Frisbie of Minneapolis had a fantastic debut with a 2:26:18 to place seventh.  Laura Thweatt of Louisville, Colorado was eighth in 2:27:00.  Grace Kahura of Kenya, who is based in the USA, had a personal best of 2:30:52.  Stephanie Bruce of Flagstaff, AZ was tenth in 2:31:05, as USA women did well with five in the top ten overall.  Shalane Flanagan of Lake Oswego, OR ran 2:33:54 in her sixth marathon in 42 days.  Flanagan started with the 9:10 am starters, the first wave of citizen runners.  Flanagan would place 12th and second master, and ahead of over half of the elite field. 

Albert Korir of Kenya won fairly easily in 2:08:22, he finished second in 2019.  He had to come from behind on Manhattan’s First Avenue, as he and Kibiwott Kandie raced to catch the early leaders near mile 18.  Mohamed El Aaraby of Morocco and Eyob Faniel of Italy broke away from the large lead pack near 15K.  The TV commentator called it “a moment in the sun,” implying they would soon be overtaken. I think not, it was the move that broke the race open early, and was key to podium places for both El Aaraby and Faniel.  El Aaraby finished a strong second with a personal best of 2:09:06.  Faniel was third in 2:09:52.

Elkanah Kibet of Colorado Springs, like Seidel, was fourth with a new personal best.  Kibet ran 2:11:15.

Olympic silver medalist Abdi Nageeye of Netherlands was fifth in 2:11:39.  The second fastest marathoner in the world, Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, now 39, was sixth in 2:12:52.  Ben True of West Lebanon, NH was seventh in 2:12:53 in his marathon debut.  Nathan Martin of Jackson, MI was eighth in 2:12:57.  Kibiwott Kandie of Kenya, who caught the leaders with Korir, was eighth in his marathon debut in 2:13:43.  Rio Olympian Jared Ward of Mapleton, Utah was tenth in 2:14:06. Four USA men earned top ten placings.

The Paralympic races were won by Marcel Hug of Switzerland in 1:31:24, and Madison de Rozario of Australia in 1:51:01.

The TCS New York City Marathon set a world finisher record of 53,627 in 2019. With Covid protocols, a reduced field of 25,010 finished in 2021. The elite women started at 8:40 am, the elite men at 9:05 am, and the first of five waves at 9:10 am. The final wave started at noon, with many finishers crossing the finish line after dark.

Top Women

  1. 2:22:39 Peres Jepchirchir, 28, Kenya
  2. 2:22:44 Viola Cheptoo, 32, Kenya
  3. 2:22:52 Ababel Yeshaneh, 30, Ethiopia
  4. 2:24:42 Molly Seidel, 27, Hartland, WI
  5. 2:26:09 Helalia Johannes, 41, Namibia
  6. 2:26:10 Kellyn Taylor, 35, Flagstaff, AZ
  7. 2:26:18 Annie Frisbie, 24, Minneapolis, MN
  8. 2:27:00 Laura Thweatt, 32, Louisville, CO
  9. 2:30:32 Grace Kahura, 28, Kenya
  10. 2:31:05 Stephanie Bruce, 37, Flagstaff, AZ
  11. 2:32:54 Lanni Merchant, 37, Canada
  12. 2:33:54 Shalane Flanagan, 40, Lake Oswego, OR
  13. 2:34:04 Haruka Yamaguchi, 34, Japan
  14. 2:34:51 Andrea Ramirez-Limon, 26, Mexico
  15. 2:35:54 Hanna Lindholm, 41, Sweden
  16. 2:38:54 Obsie Birru, 30, Phoenix, AZ
  17. 2:39:15 Rachel Hannah, 35, Canada
  18. 2:39:22 Beverly Ramos, 34, Puerto Rico
  19. 2:39:47 Joanna Thompson, 29, New York, NY
  20. 2:40:45 Makenna Myler, 29, Lehi, UT

Top Men

  1. 2:08:22 Albert Korir, 27, Kenya
  2. 2:09:06 Mohamed El Aaraby, 31, Morocco
  3. 2:09:52 Eyob Faniel, 28, Italy
  4. 2:11:15 Elkhanah Kibet, 38, Colorado Springs, CO
  5. 2:11:39 Abdi Nageeye, 32, Netherlands
  6. 2:12:52 Kenenisa Bekele, 39, Ethiopia
  7. 2:12:53 Ben True, 35, West Lebanon, NH
  8. 2:12:57 Nathan Martin, 31, Jackson, MI
  9. 2:13:43 Kibiwott Kandie, 25, Kenya
  10. 2:14:06 Jared Ward, 33, Mapleton, UT
  11. 2:14:11 Patricio Castillo, 29, Mexico
  12. 2:15:36 John Raneri, 30, Flagstaff, AZ
  13. 2:16:39 Akira Tomiyasu, 25, Japan
  14. 2:16:50 Shadrack Biwott, 36, Folsom, CA
  15. 2:17:25 Thijs Nijhuis, 29, Denmark
  16. 2:18:57 Ryan Archer, 26, New York, NY
  17. 2:20:53 Augustine Choge, 34, Kenya
  18. 2:20:53 Alvaro Abreu, 31, Dominican Republic
  19. 2:21:55 Brian Schrader, 30, Watertown, MA
  20. 2:22:16 Teshome Mekonen, 26, Ethiopia
Molly Seidel of Hartland, WI, along with Laura Thweatt and Annie Frisbie, lead the 8-woman lead group into Manhattan. Eventual winner Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya is left of Seidel.
Stephanie Bruce of Flagstaff, AZ is recognized by the fans on 59th Street. Bruce placed tenth in 2:31:05.
Lanni Merchant of Canada, really is Wonder Woman, after coming back from serious illness and injuries. Merchant placed 11th in 2:32:54.
Beverly Ramos of Puerto Rico was 18th in 2:39:22.
Makenna Myler of Lehi, UT was 20th in 2:40:45 in her first marathon.
Mohamed El Aaraby of Morocco and Eyob Faniel of Italy enter Manhattan in the lead. The pair broke away from the field around 15K, and it paid off for both athletes with podium finishes.
Elkanah Kibet of Colorado Springs, CO was 4th in 2:11:15 and earned a personal best.
Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, one of the all-time greats, enters Manhattan. Bekele finished 6th in 2:12:52.
A mostly American chase pack enters Manhattan. Ben True, Jared Ward, Nathan Martin, Noah Droddy, Akira Tomiyasu of Japan, and Shadrack Biwott.
John Raneri of Flagstaff, AZ gets ready for the 1st Avenue crowd. Raneri was 12th in 2:15:36.
Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya shared the lead with Viola Cheptoo of Kenya, while Ababel Yeshaneh of Ethiopia runs strongly in the trio after mile 25.
Molly Seidel of Hartland, WI, the Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist, runs alone in fourth place. Seidel earned a 2:24:42 personal best, and now is the fastest USA woman ever at the NYC Marathon.
Helalia Johannes of Namibia was fifth in 2:26:09. Johannes, age 41, was first master.
Kellyn Taylor of Flagstaff, AZ placed 6th in 2:26:10. Taylor was the second of five Americans in the top ten.
Laura Thweatt of Louisville, CO returns to form after injuries with a 2:27:00, placing eighth.
USA based Grace Kahura of Kenya earned a personal best of 2:30:32, placing ninth.
Shalane Flanagan of Lake Oswego, OR ran 2:33:54 from the first citizen wave. Flanagan completed all the 2021 Abbott World Majors in 42 days. Her time places her 12th among women.
Albert Korir of Kenya charges through Central Park on a mission to win. Korir, who was second in 2019, earned the 2021 win with a 2:08:22.
Eyob Faniel of Italy placed third in 2:09:52. Faniel is the Italian national record holder with a 2:07:19 set in Seville in Feb 2020.
Abdi Nageeye of Netherlands placed 5th in 2:11:39. Nageeye won the silver medal in the Tokyo Olympics marathon.
Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia finished sixth in 2:12:52 and said, “It was tough.” Bekele owns the second fastest marathon time ever, at 2:01:41 (Berlin 2019).
Nathan Martin of Jackson, MI and Ben True of West Lebanon, NH run together just past mile 25. Martin finished eighth in 2:12:57. True was seventh in his marathon debut of 2:12:53.
Collin Wainwright of Media, PA runs a personal best of 2:32:14. Wainwright won the York (PA) Marathon in 2020 and 2021.
TCS New York City Marathon 2021 champions at the Empire State Building. Marcel Hug of Switzerland, John Korir of Kenya, Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya, and Madison de Rozario of Australia. (Photo by Empire State Realty Trust)

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2 replies

  1. Thank you for excellent coverage for RG. You two are amazing!


  2. Beautiful photo. Thank you for capturing this moment.


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