Abdi Nagy gave his best ever performance in a major marathon. The Olympic silver medalist finished third in the famous New York Marathon. Run time of 2:10:31. The 33-year-old Dutchman had to give way to Kenya’s Evans Chebet and Ethiopia’s Shora Kitata in a gritty race.
Chebet won the 42.195 km race through the “Big Apple” in 2:08:41. He’s already won the Boston Marathon this spring. Kitata came out strong in the final kilometers, but was 13 seconds behind the winner and finished second in 2:08:54.
Nagy won the Rotterdam Marathon this spring with a Dutch record time of 2:04:56. He started this summer as a medal favorite in the marathon at the World Cup in Eugene, but hasn’t been able to live up to the high expectations. Nagy came out in the last kilometre. He wanted to achieve victory in New York, but that turned out to be too ambitious. He has improved over last year, when he finished fifth in New York.
In the women’s race, Kenyan Sharon Lokidi won in 2:23:23. In the end, she was seven times ahead of Luna Salpeter from Israel (2.23.30). Ethiopian World Champion Gotetom Gebreslas crossed the finish line in third place, with a time of 2:23:39.
In many ways, Brazilian Daniel do Nascimento was the spice of the race, which traditionally begins on Staten Island and ends in Central Park. The South American champions immediately sought adventure and walked away from the rest of the field on their own. He came halfway through with an impressive 1.01.22 and was two minutes ahead of the first group of chasers, which Nagy certainly didn’t hide. The Somali-born helped set the pace.
The second part of the race was less smooth for Do Nascimento. First, he searched for a toilet pod along the track for a sanitary stop, only to collapse to the ground after 35 kilometers completely exhausted and give up. Chebet had already broken away from the chasing group and rode alone to the finish. Nagy couldn’t go with Kitata, who tried to catch Shabit in the final stretch. However, the Dutchman managed to maintain a strong pace and seemingly rested and crossed the goal line with a smile in Central Park.
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