Shalane Flanagan First American to Win the New York Marathon in 40 Years!

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 05: Shalane Flanagan of the United States celebrates winning the Professional Women’s Divisions during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon in Central Park on November 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

It’s been a long time running — four decades to be exact — since an American woman broke the finish line tape at the New York City Marathon, but Olympic medalist Shalane Flanagan did just that on Sunday.

With an unofficial time of 2 hours, 26 minutes and 53 seconds, the 36-year-old Flanagan beat three-time defending champion Mary Keitany of Kenya by a minute and one second. Times won’t be official until later this month.
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Flanagan crossed the finish line in tears before proudly holding the Stars and Stripes aloft. She smiled for the crowd as she wrapped herself in the American flag.

She called the moment “indescribable,” according to CNN affiliate WABC, and wept again on the podium as her name was announced.






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