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Kamworor, after winning New York Marathon: Winning in 2017 inspired me

USA MARATHON | 03 de noviembre de 2019

New York, Nov 3 (efe-epa).- Kenyan runner Goeffrey Kamworor on Sunday said he was happy with his victory in the New York Marathon, which he won for the second time with a time of 2 hours 8 minutes 13 seconds, adding that he was inspired by winning the 2017 race.

"Winning ... in 2017 really inspired me," said Kamworor at a press conference shortly after crossing the finish line.

He also said that having training partner Eliud Kipchoge, the world's fastest marathon runner, waiting for him at the finish line gave him additional motivation.

"I didn't want to disappoint him," Kamworor said. "For my start of the race today, I was feeling okay ... Throughout the race I was okay."

The 26-year-old Kamworor said that after winning in 2017 he returned to Kenya, trained hard and started to win again.

He also said that he was inspired by the New York public and their energy, noting that the race in the Big Apple is very "special" for the public and saying that seeing all the people lining the race route gives the runners a great deal of encouragement.

The marathon is 41.195 km (26.22 miles) long.

In September, Kamworor set a world record in the half-marathon in Copenhagen, which he finished in less than an hour - 58 minutes and 1 second, to be exact.

Ethiopia's Girma Bekele Gebre came in third in the men's race, even though he had not been among the favorites and, in fact, had been placed in the 443rd spot among the second tier of runners.

Coming in second was Kamworor's countryman, Albert Korir, with a time of 2:08:36, with Gebre finishing two seconds behind him for third place.

Meanwhile, Kamworor's compatriot, Joyciline Jepkosgei, surprised race fans on Sunday by becoming the first woman in the last 25 years to win the women's New York Marathon in her debut race with a time of 2:22:38.

American Desiree Linden led the women during the first half of the race, but the trio made up of Kenyans Jepkosgei and Mary Keitany and Ethiopia's Ruti Aga went on the attack and passed Linden.

Keitany, 37, had been favored to win the women's contest after winning the New York Marathon on four occasions, but she had to settle for second place with a time of 2:23:32 when Jepkosgei passed her in the last 5 kilometers of the race.

Aga, who won the Tokyo Marathon earlier this year, was third with a time of 2:25:51.

In the wheelchair category, Switzerland's Manuela Schar won the women's race for the third consecutive time with a time of 1:44:20, and US racer Daniel Romanchuk, who won in 2018 at age 20, was first in the men's category with a time of 1:32:24.

Some 52,000 people competed in the race in all categories on a beautiful New York fall day.

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