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Kenyan Evans Chebet won the 2022 New York City Marathon in the time of 2:08:41.

He sat patiently through 25K, then slowly turns the screws until it was time to drop the hammer with 12K to go. No other athlete could fully respond.

There was drama though. Brazilian Daniel Do Nascimento went out hard and hung on for dear life before first taking a nature break at about 28K, then at 32 completely falling apart. in fact, he collapsed and retired. Not the smartest tactic, but the payday is worth the high-risk – high-reward opportunity of over a quarter-million USD. In Brazil, that’s 1.25 million Real.

However, the financial gains similarly apply to Kenya, where one payday like New York can set an athlete for a long time.

Chebet went after it smartly and prevailed.

Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata, won the 2020 London Marathon and owns a best of 2:04:49, finished second, in the time of 2:08:54. Abdi Nageeye of the Netherlands with a 2:04:56 personal best owns an Olympic marathon silver medal. He finished third with his 2:10:31 clocking.

It was Sharon Lokedi’s first marathon and she finished in 2:23.23. Finishing close behind was Isreal’s Lonah Salpeter.

“I’m just so happy that I just won,” said Lokedi. “I’m very excited, and I am just so happy that I did it here. The people out there, the course was amazing, the cheers, and everything. I’m just thankful.”

The 28-year-old was in a close race before she pulled ahead of Salpeter with 3K to go and then went on to win by seven seconds but nearly a minute off the course record, which was set by Keyan Margaret Okayo in 2003 at 2:22:31.

“I didn’t expect to win, I expected to run well,” Lokedi said. “It was a good outcome and I’m really excited.”