An American woman just made history at the annual NYC Marathon

An American woman just made history at the annual NYC Marathon

Before Flanagan's performance Sunday, Miki Gorman in 1977 was the last American woman to win the famed marathon.

Keitany, who finished second with a time of 2:27:54, hugged Flanagan, who had the American flag already draped over her shoulders.

Shalane Flanagan won the 47th New York City Marathon on Sunday, becoming the first able-bodied American to win the women's event in 40 years.

Kenya's Mary Keitany, who was chasing her fourth consecutive NY victory, was second with 61 seconds back.

"I'm so happy. I feel so great to be the champion", Kamworor said.

"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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While Flanagan was an overwhelming victor, Kamworor was not assured of his first major victory until the closing meters.

More than 50,000 runners participated across the different groups.

American running great and 2009 NY victor Meb Keflezighi completed his 26th and final marathon, collapsing as he crossed the finish. Not only is this a historic win, it's actually Flanagan's first career world marathon major title, too.

Manuela Schaer stunned five-times champion Tatyana McFadden in the women's race, defeating the American by nearly three minutes in 1:48.09.

Flanagan placed sixth in the women's marathon in at the Rio Olympics previous year, the top American finish.

The Kenyan would go for his full marathon debut in September, where he ran a fast time of 2:06:12 hours for third place at the 2012 Berlin Marathon where Geoffrey Mutai triumphed.

Swiss athletes swept the wheelchair titles.

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