In her first attempt at the marathon distance, Molly Huddle accomplished something no American runner — male or female — had done in the New York City Marathon since 2010.
Huddle, a two-time Olympian, finished third, giving the United States a spot on the podium for the first time since Shalene Flanagan finished second in the NYC Marathon, likewise in her first 26.2-mile race.
Huddle placed third with a time of 2:28:13, with Kenya’s Mary Keitany easily winning the marathon for the third consecutive year, in 2:24:26. Sally Kipyego of Kenya placed second place, in 2:28:01.
On the men’s side, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, a 20-year-old Eritrean, became the youngest winner in race history, blowing kisses to onlookers as he finished in 2:07:15. Lucas Rotich of Kenya placed second, in 2:08:53, and Abdi Abdirahman, a 39-year-old Somali-born American who is based in Arizona, finished third, in 2:11:23.
In the women’s wheelchair division, Tatyana McFadden completed her fourth straight sweep of the Boston, Chicago, London and New York City marathons. Overall, McFadden has won the NYC race five times…