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Jepkosgei wins 2019 NYC Marathon women’s title in debut race

Posted at 11:54 AM, Nov 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-03 17:44:30-05

Joyciline Epikouros of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the Professional Women’s Finish during the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon in New York on November 3, 2019. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Joyciline Jepkosgei powered away from four-time winner Mary Keitany to win the women’s title at the New York City Marathon in her first race ever at 26.2 miles.

Jepkosgei crossed the finish line in Central Park in 2 hours, 22 minutes and 38 seconds Sunday, seven seconds off the course record.

The 25-year-old Jepkosgei holds the world record in the half-marathon but had never run this distance. The Kenyan pulled away from countrymate Keitany with about three miles to go. Keitany collapsed after finishing 53 seconds later.

Jepkosgei is the youngest winner in New York since 25-year-old Margaret Okayo in 2001. She also won the New York City Half-Marathon in March and is the first runner to win both events.