Feyisa Lilesa drops out as young Eritrean won NYC marathon


The New York City Marathon crowned its youngest male champion. Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, 20, from Eritrea finished the five-borough race in 2 hours, 7 minutes and 51 seconds, qualifying him as the third fastest runner in the marathon’s 46-year history.


Ghirmay Ghebreslassie

“Nobody has won any major marathon from Eritrea,” Ghebreslassie said at the New York City Marathon Press Conference. “I’m really proud of it.”
Mary Keitany, 34, of Kenya finished first in the woman’s division, clocking in at 2 hours 24 minutes 26 seconds. It is her third consecutive victory at the United States’ largest marathon.
Meanwhile, Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa has dropped out at the 22th mile during the race. The athlete, who won bronze at the Rio Olympic Games, has famously twisted his arms in protest to the Ethiopian government.

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