New York, Sunday
Kenya’s Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor held off countryman Wilson Kipsang to win the New York City Marathon yesterday with Mary Keitany finishing second in the women’s category. Kamworor, who finished in an unofficial 2:10.53 with Kipsang three seconds behind, showed great strength to win his maiden marathon and announce his arrival on the big stage. In the women’s race, Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman in 40 years to win in New York.
Flanagan, who not did run this year’s Boston Marathon due to a back injury, captured her first major world marathon crown in an unofficial time of 2hrs 26mins 53secs.
Keitany, who was chasing her fourth consecutive New York victory, settled for second, 61 seconds back, with Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska third in 2:28:08.
Five days after the worst attack on New York since September 11, 2001, the city was staging a show of defiance Sunday, with some 2.5 million people packing the streets to cheer on 50,000 marathon participants from around the world.
The day after an Uzbek man killed eight people and wounded 12 others in Manhattan near the 9/11 Memorial, Mayor Bill de Blasio had vowed that the race would go on, adding that New Yorkers would “not be cowed.”
On Sunday, he told ABC that “this event is life-affirming every year, but this year (it is) even more powerful.”
Indeed, crowds heavily lined the route as the elite women began the race at 1420 GMT and the elite men followed a half-hour later in cool and cloudy conditions. The city heavily bolstered security for the race, parking more sand trucks to prevent vehicle attacks, stationing extra police on rooftops and deploying more anti-sniper units.
In addition to uniformed officers along the route, plainclothes officers were blending in with the spectators.
President Donald Trump insisted in an interview that aired Sunday that the United States would never accept terrorism as inevitable.
“We cannot just say, ‘Oh well, it’s going to happen, let’s get used to it.’ We cannot allow it to happen. I can tell you, the Trump administration is getting tougher and tougher and tougher,” he said on the Full Measure syndicated television show.
Security had already been boosted in 2013 after the Boston marathon attack that saw two youths of Chechen descent plant two bombs near the arrival line, killing three people and wounding more than 250 others, including spectators.
The Islamic State group has described Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old man charged with driving a rented pickup truck down a bike path in Manhattan as children and their parents prepared for Halloween, as one of its own, prompting President Donald Trump to call for his execution. -AFP