Joyciline Jepkosgei claims New York Marathon victory ahead of Mary Keitany in first ever race

Joyciline Jepkosgei is already the 10,000m world record holder (PA Images)
7:57am, Mon 04 Nov 2019
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Joyciline Jepkosgei took victory in the New York women's marathon in her first ever 26.2 mile race.

The Kenyan beat her fellow country woman Mary Keitany by 54 seconds to take the title in two hours, 22 minutes and 38 seconds.

Ethiopia's Ruti Aga propped up the top three, but was more than three minutes down on winner Jepkosgei.

It is only the second time in six years that five-time champion Keitany has been beaten at the race, with her only other defeat coming to American Shalane Flanagan in 2017.

The win is a statement of intent from Jepkosgei, who is transitioning to the longer distance following her success in the shorter disciplines.

The 26-year-old is already the 10,000m world record holder and also picked up a silver medal at the 2018 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships last year.

Meanwhile, the men's race was won by Kenya's 2017 champion Geoffrey Kamworor, who took the race in a time of 2:08:13.