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NYC Marathon: Shalane Flanagan is 1st American woman to win since 1977

Flanagan disrupts the marathon dominance of Kenya’s Mary Keitany to become the first U.S. woman to win since 1977.

Shalane Flanagan of the United States celebrates winning

Shalane Flanagan of the United States celebrates winning the Professional Women's Division during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon in Central Park on Nov. 5, 2017 in Manhattan. Photo Credit: Getty

Shalane Flanagan, 36, of Oregon, won the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday in an official time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, and 53 seconds. Flanagan is the first American woman to win the race since 1977 when Miki Gorman won in 2:43:10.

Flanagan’s win disrupted the marathon dominance of Kenyan runner Mary Keitany. Keitany, 35, won the last three marathons and was second to Flanagan.

Flannagan found herself in a top pack of three with Keitany and Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska down the stretch before the American broke away at the 23rd mile of the 26.2-mile race.

Flanagan finished second in the 2010 New York City Marathon in 2:28:40, the highest finish by an American in 20 years at that point.

Flanagan is a 16-time national champion across various distances and finished third in the 10,000 meters at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Her bronze medal in that event was upgraded to a silver earlier this year after Elvan Abeylegesse of Turkey had her medal stripped as a result of a doping violation.

Flanagan placed sixth in the women’s marathon at the Rio Olympics last year, the top American finish.

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