NEW YORK — Kenyan Sharon Lokedi sweeps to victory in the New York Marathon today, producing a superb tactical performance to win in her first ever race over the distance.
The 28-year-old bided her time after breaking away in a pack with world champion Gotytom Gebreslase of Ethiopia and Israel’s Lonah Salpeter with a few miles to go.
After Gebreslase was dropped going through Central Park it became a duel between Lokedi and Salpeter.
Lokedi ramped up the pace in the final mile to build a gap of around 20 meters before surging home to win in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 23 seconds.
Salpeter finished second in 2:23:30 with Gebreslase taking third place.