Shalane Flanagan, long endorsed by Nike, on Sunday became the first women to win the New York City Marathon since 1977.
The 36-year old posted an unofficial time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, 53 seconds. Kenyan Mary Keitany, who had won in New York in each of the past three years and set a new world record in April, finished second.
Miki Gorman won the event in both 1976 and 1977.
The Massachusettes native said earlier that if she were to win her first major marathon on Sunday, it could be her last 26.2-mile race. New York City is also where her marathon career began. She placed second in her debut in 2010.
The Nike Bowerman Track Club athlete is a U.S. four-time Olympian and New York Times best selling author. Her personal best in a marathon had been 2:21:14. She won a bronze medal in the 10000 meters at the 2008 Summer Games.
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