Joyciline Jepkosgei ruined Mary Keitany's chance for a fifth women's title in the competition, but all recognition went to Kenya when Keitany finished second and Geoffrey Kamworor won the men's division, his second NYC marathon victory.
"My planned strategy was to finish the race hard," Jepkosgei said in a statement. "But in the last few kilometers, I've seen that I'm nearing the finish line and capable of victory."
Although Jepkosgei has been running professionally since 201
In March, she won the NYC Half on her first trip to the US.
Her husband's 25-year-old mother wanted to make her marathon debut in Hawaii in December, but retired after twisting her ankle. Sunday was her first marathon.
In order to win the race in 2019, Jepkosgei had to overcome the dominance of Keitany, who had won every New York City Women's Marathon since 2014 with only one exception: in 2017, she took second place after the US-American Shalane Flanagan.
At the 20-mile mark, the Kenyans were a second apart, but Jepkosgei found the will to outdo their rival by almost a minute in the last 10 km. Keitany finished 54 seconds behind Jepkosgei. It was the sixth consecutive marathon in NYC, with Keitany among the first two.
Kamworor Medals for the Fourth Time
Kamworor, the men's champion and unofficial world record holder in the half marathon, finished Sunday's race in two hours, eight minutes and 13 seconds. Kenya's Albert Korir finished 23 seconds later.
"I was fine from the start of the race," Kamworor said in a press release. I was feeling very well prepared to run this marathon, the pace was a bit high during the last few meters and it was not a problem for me and at that moment I decided to retire. "
He has also achieved great success in recent years. In addition to winning the New York City Marathon in 2017, he came in third in 2015 and third last year.
Previously, Kamworor won junior and senior titles at the Cross Country World Championships and won four gold medals at the World Half Marathon Championships. In 2013 he was included in the documentary "The Unknown Runner".
"He was a diligent student seeking to become a lawyer someday, and he was admitted to a US college to study law, but decided to focus his career 100 percent on athletics." , it says in the biography.
Jared Ward was the fastest American with a time of two hours, 10 minutes and 45 seconds, while the fastest American Desiree Linden was with a time of two hours, 26 minutes and 46 seconds.
Kenya rides for success
This year's race, which is held 49 times a year, had more than 50,000 participants from at least 125 nations.
The race started on Staten Island. The runners crossed the Verranzzano Narrows Bridge and ran through Brooklyn and Queens before plunging into Manhattan on the way to the Bronx. The route then returned to the finish line in Manhattan in Central Park.
Jepkosgei and Kamworor have top prizes of $ 100,000. Ward and Linden will both take home $ 25,000.
New York's wheelchair division was made up of repeat champions Manuela Schar of Switzerland, who clinched their third title in a row, and Daniel Romanchuk, the first American (and youngest winner) to conquer the 2018 race.
The pair receives prizes of $ 25,000 each.
Schar and Romanchuk also defended their titles in Chicago last month.