Kenyans sweep New York City Marathon after Brazilian men’s leader collapses

Evans Chebet
Evans Chebet

Evans Chebet and Sharon Lokedi gave Kenya a sweep of the New York City Marathon men’s and women’s elite titles for the third consecutive time.

Chebet, who won the Boston Marathon on April 18, passed a collapsed Brazilian Daniel do Nascimento around mile 21 and later won in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 41 seconds. Ethiopian Shura Kitata was runner-up, 13 seconds behind.

Do Nascimento took the lead from the start and crossed halfway in 1:01:22, on pace to destroy the course record of 2:05:06. He led by more than two minutes through 15 miles, then began to slow.

He took a reported 18-second portable toilet break around mile 18, then stopped and walked briefly in the 20th mile. Do Nascimento was rolling over on the ground when Chebet passed him about a mile after that.

Galen Rupp, a two-time Olympic medalist and headlining American in the men’s field, dropped out around mile 17 or 18, according to the broadcast.

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Lokedi, the 2018 NCAA 10,000m champion for Kansas, outdueled Lonah Salpeter of Israel over the last two miles. Lokedi, 28, clocked 2:23:23 to prevail by seven seconds in her marathon debut.

When Lokedi was 14, her family fled their home village of Burnt Forest that became an area of violence after a Kenyan presidential election. For a month, the family lived with no shelter or a steady source of food before returning after the conflict ended. Lokedi started running about two miles to and from school each day.

Swiss Marcel Hug, a two-time Paralympic marathon champion, won the men’s wheelchair race in a course record 1:25:26.

American Susannah Scaroni added the women’s wheelchair title, also in a course record (1:42:43), to her victory in Chicago last month.

New York City marked the last major marathon of 2022, but there is one more anticipated 26.2-mile race. On Dec. 4, Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey, the 5000m and 10,000m world record holder, makes her marathon debut in Valencia, Spain.

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