Sharon Lokedi wins TCS New York Metropolis Marathon in her debut

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Kenya’s Sharon Lokedi, 28, took a shock win on the 2022 NYC marathon Sunday morning in 2:23:24, changing into solely the eighth particular person ever to win the race of their debut on the distance. In an intense and hard-to-predict finale, Lokedi caught as much as the lead girls at kilometre 38 and broke away from Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter, 33, the quickest girl within the discipline (with a PB of two:17), heading into the final mile. Lokedi completed solely seven seconds forward of Salpeter, who ran 2:23:30. This yr’s world champion, Ethiopia’s Goytytom Gebreslase, 27, rounded out the rostrum, ending in 2:23:39.

Lokedi moved to the U.S. at age 14, and is a College of Kansas grad. She started competing first in collegiate monitor and cross nation in 2015; three years later, she gained the ten,000m on the 2018 NCAA outside championships. Ten-time all-American, she ran a stunning race on Sunday, beating some seasoned marathoners. 

An unseasonably heat NYC marathon kicked off with surprising leaders making early surges. 2018 Boston Marathon winner, Olympian and 50K world finest holder Des Linden led for a number of kilometres earlier than the pack caught again as much as her, with a deep discipline of elites staying collectively via the midway mark.

Eight girls stayed collectively via kilometre 25, when Gebreslase, Kenya’s Hellen Obiri (working her debut) and 2021 runner-up Viola Cheptoo broke away from the group, however by the 33 km mark Salpeter had returned to the leaders. By kilometre 38, the dynamic had shifted once more, with Salpeter main, adopted by Gebreslase and Lokedi. In the previous couple of kilometres, Gebreslase started to drop off, and Salpeter and Lokedi pushed forward. Cheptoo, who’s Bernard Lagat’s youthful sister, would end fifth, Obiri sixth.

Salpeter took dwelling the bronze medal earlier this yr on the world championships in Eugene. The athlete is coached by her husband and trains with NN Operating.

Gebreslase has had a difficult yr personally, being unable to contact her mother and father in Ethiopia as a result of ongoing battle there. The athlete gained the Berlin Marathon in her 2021 debut, podiumed on the Tokyo Marathon in 2022 and gained the world championship marathon in Eugene, the place she ran her PB of two:18:11.

Lonah Salpeter
Lonah Salpeter on the TCS New York Metropolis Marathon. Photograph: Kevin Morris

Ladies’s high 10:

  1. Sharon Lokedi (USA) 2:23:23
  2. Lonah Chemtai Salpeter (ISR) 2:23:30
  3. Gotytom Gebreslase (ETH) 2:23:39
  4. Edna Kiplagat (USA) 2:24:16
  5. Viola Cheptoo (KEN) 2:25:34
  6. Hellen Obiri (KEN) 2:25:49
  7. Aliphine Tuliamuk (USA) 2:26:18
  8. Emma Bates (USA) 2:26:53
  9. Jessica Stenson (AUS) 2:27:27
  10. Nell Rojas (USA) 2:28:32

Wheelchair finishers

Wheelchair champ Marcel Hug was far forward of the opposite athletes as he chased the course document; he gained his fifth NYC marathon and set a brand new document of 1:25:26. Hug has had an unbelievable season, breaking course information in each London and Chicago.

American athletes Susannah Scaroni set a brand new course document in 1:42:49, following her win in Chicago.


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