Kenyan Runners Take New York City Marathon Titles

Runners take part in the TCS New York City Marathon on November 1. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Kenyan runners swept the men's and women's titles Sunday at the 45th annual TCS New York City Marathon.

Stanley Biwott, 29, won his first major title after finishing second in London last year, finishing in 2 hours, 10 minutes and 34 seconds. Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor followed him 14 seconds later, and Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa was third.

Mary Keitany, 33, defended her New York Marathon title in 2 hours, 24 minutes and 25 seconds. Ethiopia's Aselefech Mergia finished 67 seconds later, followed by Tigist Tufa, also of Ethiopia.

South Africa's Ernst Van Dyk, 42, won the men's wheelchair division in 1 hour, 30 minutes and 54 seconds, beating America's Josh George by 1 second. Marcel Hug, of Switzerland, placed third.

American Tatyana McFadden, 26, finished first in the women's wheelchair division in 1 hour, 43 minutes and 4 seconds, setting a course record. More impressively, she extended to three years her streak of winning the "Grand Slam" of major marathons, in London, Boston, Chicago and New York. No other athlete has won all four in a single year. Switzerland's Manuela Schar placed second in 1 hour, 44 minutes and 57 seconds, followed by countrywoman Sandra Graf in third.

Americans Meb Keflezighi, a running icon from San Diego, California, and Laura Thweatt, considered the U.S. women's top distance runner, each placed seventh in their races. Thweatt lives in Boulder, Colorado.

The 26.2-mile route took runners through all of the city's five boroughs, beginning at the base of the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge in Staten Island and ending in Central Park in Manhattan.

Runners make their way across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Staten Island at the start of the marathon. Eric Sucar/USA Today Sports/Reuters
Runners in the pro men's division run on the Pulaski Bridge entering Queens. Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports/Reuters
Wheelchair participants make their way across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Eric Sucar/USA Today Sports/Reuters
Women's wheelchair division winner Tatyana McFadden (center) poses with second-place finisher Manuela Schar (left), and third-place finisher Sandra Graf (right). Mike Segar/Reuters
Ernst Van Dyk (left) and Tatyana McFadden pose for photographers after winning the wheelchair divisions. Mike Segar/Reuters
Men's winner Stanley Biwott breaks away from Geoffery Kamworor in Manhattan. Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports/Reuters
Mary Keitany looks at her medal during a trophy ceremony after winning the women's division. Mike Segar/Reuters
New York City Marathon runners cross the finish line in Central Park. Security is being heightened after a recent attack in the city. Mike Segar/Reuters
Runners cross the finish line. Derik Hamilto/USA Today Sports/Reuters
Runners embrace after crossing the finish line. Derik Hamilton/USA Today Sports/Reuters
Medals hang on racks at the finish area in Central Park. Mike Segar/Reuters