Flanagan becomes first American woman to win NYC Marathon in 40 years

Shalane Flanagan in action at the Boston Marathon Shalane Flanagan in action at the Boston Marathon

Shalane Flanagan in action at the Boston Marathon Shalane Flanagan in action at the Boston Marathon

Manuela Schaar won her first New York City Marathon in 1:48:09 after finishing second to American Tatyana McFadden for the past three years.

Flanagan's final time of 2:26:53 was nearly a full minute ahead of Keitany's, who finished with 2:27:54.

Shalane Flanagan came to the finish line of the New York City Marathon and enveloped herself in an American flag, the magnitude of what she had accomplished bringing her to tears and to her knees.

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Kenya's Mary Keitany, who was chasing her fourth consecutive NY victory, was second with 61 seconds back.

"This is a moment I've dreamed of since I was a little girl", the 36-year-old Flanagan said. The last time that happened was in 1977, when Miki Gorman won - for the second year in a row - with a time of 2:43:10.

The 2017 event was held just five days after a deadly Manhattan truck attack that left eight people dead.

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In the men's race, Geoffrey Kamworwor of Kenya took first, his unofficial time clocking in at 2:10:53.

Flanagan's win disrupted the marathon dominance of Kenya's Mary Keitany. Not only is this a historic win, it's actually Flanagan's first career world marathon major title, too.

Former victor Meb Keflezighi, who was running his final competitive marathon at age 42, finished 11th in 2:15:29. Flanagan covered the 23rd mile in 5:11, and the 24th mile in 5:04 to build a 28-second lead over Keitany with one mile to go. Flanagan's time is the second fastest time ever clocked by a USA woman in the race.

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Switzerland swept the professional wheelchair divisions. He settled for second in 2015 to Kenyan Stanley Biwott after being overtaken late in the race.

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