Lokedi, Salpeter and Gebreslase win thrilling New York Marathon race

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Amid hot and humid temperatures in New York, Sharon Lokedi dug deep and her best run yet, winning the New York City Marathon in her first run at 26.2 miles.

But do you know who else dug deep and ran the marathon well? Six of the next eight graduates behind Lokedi happened to be mothers of young children.

Sharon Lokedi wins the Women’s Professional Open Division during the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon on November 06, 2022 in New York City. (Photo: Bryan Bedder/New York Road Runners via Getty Images)

In her stunning 26.2-mile debut, Lokedi, a 28-year-old former University of Kansas runner from Kenya, broke away from the women’s lead pack at the 24-mile mark and edged Kenyan-born Israeli runner Lonah Salpeter to win Sunday’s race. New York Marathon in 2:23:23. Salpeter, a bronze medalist at last summer’s World Championships in Athletics in Eugene, Oregon, finished seven seconds behind to secure second place (2:23:30), followed by Ethiopia’s Gotytom Gebreslase third in 2:23:39.

Lokedi and men’s winner Evans Chebet, also from Kenya, each won $100,000 in prize money for their wins.

“I didn’t expect to win (but) I expected to run well,” said Lokedi, who finished fourth at the United Airlines NYC Half last March with a personal best 1:08:14. “I wanted to be in the race; I know I was strong. I just wanted to go out there and get into it.

Pro Field NYC Women's Marathon 2022
The peloton, led by Emma Bates, Lindsay Flanagan and Keira D’Amato of the United States, competes in the Women’s Professional Division of the TCS New York City Marathon on November 06, 2022 in New York City. (Photo: Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Elite mother riders

While Lokedi rode a magnificent race and should get all the credit and accolades for his 2:23:23 win, it says a lot when mothers of young children dominate the top 10 spots of one of the most competitive marathons in the world. That’s right, Salpeter (Kenya/Israel), Viola Cheptoo (Kenya), Edna Kiplagat (Kenya), Hellen Obiri (Kenya), Aliaphine Tuliamuk (Kenya/US) and Jessica Stenson (Australia) who finished 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th overall are all strong, fit and very fast moms. (See top 10 female results here.)

Motherhood and running are a hot topic at Women’s Running. Pregnancy and the postpartum experience can have a significant impact on a woman’s body whether you are an elite or age group with a goal or not. Not so long ago, having a child put an immediate end to your career as a professional athlete. With that in mind, it’s an important time to see the majority of the top ten female athletes in a major world marathon as mothers. This is a testament not only to their athleticism, dedication and commitment, but also to a changing world. Money talks, and when sponsors step in to support female athletes who have had children, it sends a message beyond sport.

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Salpeter, a 33-year-old Kenyan-born athlete who competes for Israel, has a 7-year-old son. Cheptoo, 33, has two young daughters, while Kiplagat, 42, a two-time world champion and winner of the 2010 New York City Marathon, has five young children – two of her own, two adopted by her sister who died of breast cancer in 2003 and one adopted from a neighbor who died in childbirth in 2013. Meanwhile, Obiri, 32, and Tuliamuk, 33, have young daughters and Stenson, 35, has a young son.

It all seems perfectly appropriate in a year where the New York City Marathon has gone out of its way to support new mothers before, during and after the race. In partnership with the &Mother non-profit, the New York Road Runners set up private lactation stations at various locations along the course, as well as at the Race Expo earlier in the weekend.

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Tuliamuk, a 33-year-old Kenyan-born American who races for the Hoka NAZ Elite program based in Flagstaff, Arizona, was the American finisher, finishing seventh in a personal best time of 2:26:18 (5:35 per mile) . She gave birth to daughter Zoe in January 2021 and then competed in the Tokyo Olympics seven months later. She was unable to complete this marathon but has great results over shorter distances, so this was the first marathon she has completed since winning the 2020 US Olympic Trials in Atlanta.

“I think I excel when the conditions aren’t perfect,” said Tuliamuk, who couldn’t do full marathon preparation due to an ankle injury she suffered in early September. . “I think today it is.”

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Other notable results of American women

Aside from Tuliamuk, the other top American women were Emma Bates (8th, 2:26:53), Nell Rojas (10th, 2:28:32), Lindsay Flanagan (2:29:28), Stephanie Bruce (2:30:34), Keira D’Amato (2:31) and Des Linden (2:32:37).

Linden, the 2018 Boston Marathon champion and two-time U.S. Olympian, surged forward and found herself ahead of the large female lead pack, pushing the pace just short of the 10k course record pace (34:26 ) before the rest of the Elites reintegrated her into the pack.

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Desiree Linden of the United States launched an early push pushing the pace just above the course record pace throughout the 10k segment. (Photo: Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Men’s race in New York

In the men’s race, Brazilian Daniel Do Nascimento, wearing purple shorts and a white tank top, took the lead and led the pack by 31 seconds in the 5km (14:31) split and 90 seconds at 10 km (28:42). He’s a legitimate elite runner, having finished third in the Seoul Marathon last spring in 2:04:51, the fastest time ever recorded by a non-African runner. But the rest of the men’s elite peloton were content to let Do Nascimento escape for the time being as he ran at a sub-2:30 pace, possibly because they were also ahead of the record pace of the course and because the morning temperature was exceptionally hot. and rising.

Shortly before the 21st kilometer, Do Nascimento succumbed to cramps and exhaustion and left the course, Chebet flew past and never looked back. Kitata and El Aaraby were 20 seconds behind at the time, but only Kitata continued to climb as Chebet closed in on the finish. Chebet didn’t let go though, clocking the final miles in 5:05 to hold on for the win.

“I’m so thrilled to celebrate a win today,” Chebet said. “I knew going into this race that I would have a chance of a podium finish, but this field is so strong that nothing was guaranteed. Today’s result feels like a reward for all the hard work that I’ve been training for this race – couldn’t be happier.

Hug, Scaroni win wheelchair races

American Susannah Scaroni broke the course record in the women’s wheelchair race, finishing in 1:42.43, 21 seconds better than the old mark, which was held by Tatyana McFadden. Marcel Hug of Switzerland won the men’s wheelchair race for the fifth time, tying Kurt Fearnley for the most wins in the event. Hug completed the 26.2-mile course that spans New York’s five boroughs in 1:25:26 to beat the previous mark of 1:29.22 set by Fearnley of Australia in 2006. Hug and Scaroni won 25 $000 for their wins and $50,000 for their new course records.

Susannah Scaroni NYC Marathon 2022
Susannah Scaroni of the United States celebrates after winning the women’s wheelchair division of the 2022 New York City Marathon in New York City on November 6, 2022. (Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

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