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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.
It was a clean sweep for Kenya in the New York City Marathon.— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 6, 2022
Sharon Lokedi of Kenya, 28, won the women’s race in 2 hours 23 minutes 23 seconds. Evans Chebet, 33 and also of Kenya, was the men’s champion in 2 hours 8 minutes 41 seconds. https://t.co/ECZ7DQ01RI pic.twitter.com/3XxDBwt3RJ
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.”