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Mary Keitany after winning New York

Flanagan became the first American woman in 40 years to win the title with a time of 2 hours 26 minutes and 53 seconds.

Flanagan's final time of 2:26:53 was nearly a full minute ahead of Keitany's, who finished with 2:27:54.

Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor won the New York City Marathon men's title on Sunday, taking his first victory at the distance as the race took place just five days after a deadly Manhattan truck attack left eight people dead. Kenyan Mary Keitany, who had won in NY in each of the past three years and set a world record in April, finished second.

"This is the moment I have dreamed off since I was a little girl", Flanagan said after the race, tears streaming down her face.

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The last American woman to win the marathon was Miki Gorman in 1977, according to the New York Times. Flanagan, 36, is the American record holder in the indoor 3,000 meters, the indoor 5,000 and won a bronze medal that was upgraded to silver in the 10,000 in the 2008 Olympics.

While Flanagan was an overwhelming victor, Kamworor was not assured of his first major victory until the closing meters. Kenya's Wilson Kipsang took second place, finishing in 2:10:56, and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, victor of the 2013 and 2015 Boston Marathons, finished third in 2:11:32.

Flanagan placed sixth in the women's marathon in at the Rio Olympics past year, the top American finish. Flanagan's time is the second fastest time ever clocked by a USA woman in the race.

The wheelchair division was a sweep for Swiss athletes, with Manuela Schar and Marcel Eric Hug winning. Emmanuel Mutai from Kenya settled second in 2:03:13 followed by Ethiopian Abera Kuma in 2:05:56 and Kamworor 2:06:39.

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