Shalane Flanagan successfully completes her challenge of running the six marathon majors in six weeks with sub-three hours timing in each.
Albert Korir of Kenya triumphed at the 50th edition of the TCS New York City Marathon, held on November 7, 2021.
He covered the distance in 2:08:22 hours. In 2019, he had been first runner-up at the same event (2:08:36).
Olympic champion, Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya won among women at the 2021 New York City Marathon.
She finished the race in two hours, 22 minutes and 39 seconds.
In August, she had secured gold in the women’s marathon at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with timing of 2:27:20.
In the men’s race in New York, Mohamed El Aaraby of Morocco finished second with timing of 2:09:06. In third position was Eyob Faniel of Italy with timing of 2:09:52.
In the women’s race. finishing in second position behind Jepchirchir was her compatriot Viola Cheptoo (2:22:44). In third position was Ababel Yeshaneh of Ethiopia (2:22:52).
American athlete Shalane Flanagan completed her challenge of running the six marathon majors in six weeks with sub-three hours timing in each; she got her best timing at the 2021 New York City Marathon (2:33:32). She ran the marathon at Berlin, London, Chicago, Boston, Portland and New York. The run in Portland was as part of the virtual version of the Tokyo Marathon.
Flanagan’s personal best in the marathon is 2:21:14 set in Berlin in September 2014.
(The author, Latha Venkatraman, is an independent journalist based in Mumbai.)