Dhe Kenyan Evans Chebet won the marathon in New York. The 33-year-old prevailed over 42.195 kilometers in 2:08:41 hours ahead of Shura Kitata from Ethiopia and Abdi Nageeye from the Netherlands. For Chebet, who missed the course record in New York by more than three minutes, it was the second triumph of 2022 after winning the Boston Marathon.
After about two thirds of the race, the Kenyan had pulled away from the chasing group of the Brazilian Daniel Do Nascimento, who had fled from the start and at times led the race with a lead of two and a half minutes. Chebet kept closing in on his comeback, while Do Nascimento lost his strength. At kilometer 32, the Brazilian suddenly collapsed – the proverbial “man with the hammer” among marathon runners had struck – and had to be treated by a doctor.
In the women’s race, Chebet’s compatriot Sharon Lokedi won in 2:23:23 ahead of Lonah Salpeter from Israel and world champion Gotytom Gebreslase (Ethiopia). The 43-year-old Kenyan Edna Kiplagat, world champion from 2011 and 2013, shone with fourth place in 2:24:16 minutes. For Lokedi (28) it was the first triumph over the marathon distance.
No top runners in Beijing
More than 30,000 participants started on Sunday when the Beijing marathon returned after a long Corona break. Due to the pandemic, the long run in the Chinese capital was last held in 2019.
The Uyghur-born athlete Anubaike Kuwan won the marathon in 2:14:24 hours, but due to China’s zero-Covid policy, only residents of the metropolis were allowed to participate and therefore no top international runners.