Ethiopian Feyisa Lilesa, American Molly Huddle win NYC Half
Lilesa, the silver medalist in the marathon at the 2016 Olympics, was timed in 1 hour, 4 seconds Sunday and finished ahead of Britain’s Callum Hawkins (1:00:08) and fellow Ethiopian Teshome Mekonen (1:00:28). Lilesa outsprinted both in the final stretch for his first win in 2017.
Huddle finished in 1:08:19 over the course from Central Park to Lower Manhattan. Emily Sisson, Huddle’s training partner, was second (1:08:21) and Burundi’s Diane Nukuri was third (1:09:13).
Huddle’s time was the third-fastest in the 12-year history of the event, which drew 20,000 runners.
South Africa’s Ernst van Dyk, a two-time New York City Marathon champion in the wheelchair event, won the men’s race in 47:28. U.S. Paralympian Susannah Scaroni won the women’s race in 55:06.