November 1, 2015
The 2015 TCS New York City Marathon crowned four champions on Sunday, November 1, including Professional Men’s champion Stanley Biwott, Professional Women’s champion Mary Keitany, Professional Women’s Wheelchair champion Tatyana McFadden, and Professional Men’s Wheelchair champion Ernst Van Dyk.
Biwott, 29, of Kenya, won his first TCS New York City Marathon title and first Abbot World Marathon Majors race in a time of2:10:34. After a group of 14 runners hit the half-marathon split in a tactical 1:06:49, Biwott surged late in the race on Central Park’s East Drive to pull away from runner-up Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya and third-place finisher Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, winning by 14 seconds. Keitany, 33, of Kenya, successfully defended her title and became the first woman to do so in New York since Paula Radcliffe in 2008, winning by more than a minute with a time of 2:24:25. After a pack of nine hit the halfway point in 1:12:56, Keitany broke away from runner up Aselefech Mergia and third-place finisher Tigist Tufa, both of Ethiopia, to win by a margin of more than one minute.
McFadden, 26, of the United States, led wire-to-wire to win the women’s wheelchair division in an event-record time of 1:43:04, shattering the previous record of 1:50:24 and capturing her third-consecutive Grand Slam of London, Boston, Chicago and New York Marathons in the same calendar year. Overall, this is her fourth win in the Big Apple. Van Dyk, 42, of South Africa, won the men’s wheelchair division in 1:30:54, his second win in New York and first since 2005. He outsprinted runner-up Josh George of the United States by one second with 200 meters to go.
Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya remains at the top of the men’s Abbott World Marathon Majors Series IX standings with a total of 50 points, and Desisa moved into a tie for second with a total of 34 points. Keitany’s victory ties her for first place with 50 points in the women’s rankings with Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia. The Chicago-New York Challenge, a professional wheelchair series between the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the TCS New York City Marathon as a prelude to the first-ever Abbott World Marathon Majors Wheelchair Series beginning at the 2016 Boston Marathon, was won by McFadden and Van Dyk with a total of 50 points and 29 points, respectively.