After all my hype about Mary Keitany being the fastest, but a bit of a gung-ho-hero and therefore not a predictable runner to back, of course she only went and ran a carefully measured race. Well, I suppose after a 2nd and NY last year and a bit of a blow-up at London she decided it was time to play it safe and bag a win and not only that but a 4th win at NY and a win in the second fastest time for that course.
After a steady early effort which took Keitany, Cheruiyot, Flanagan, Huddle, Tusa, Linden, Weightman & Daska all through half way within 1:15:49-53 Mary Keitany wound up the pace at 20-25k with her 17-19th miles all run at under 5'00/mile and the second half in 1:06:58 which is 27s faster than Molly Huddle's american record for the half marathon. Only Rahma Tusa really worked hard to stay with Keitany, but trying to do so led to a late fade that both Cheruiyot and Flanagan picked up on one after the other to finish in 2:26:02 and 2:26:22 respectively. A crazy-mad 8:52 negative split from shows just how much within herself Keitany must have been in those early stages. @jgault13 made an interesting point on twitter about the speed of her 10k from 25-35k of the race compared to Linden, Huddle and Flanagan.
Mary Keitany's split from 25k to 35k in the 2018 NYC Marathon was 30:53.— Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) November 4, 2018
For reference, 10k track PRs
Des Linden: 31:37
Shalane Flanagan: 30:22
Molly Huddle: 30:13
Whilst I'm a bit sad that Flanagan couldn't retain the title it's worth noting that her 3rd place was 30s faster than her winning time last year and on balance I think a race is more interesting than a time trial (albeit that the women's race wasn't quite such and exciting finish as the men's).
Anyway - enough about the obvious stuff - you can read all about that everywhere else (RunnersWorld/ LetsRun / Fast Running). Let's work through the fun stuff lower down the list with help from my geeky spreadsheet of joy. The podium followed the pre-race ranking order but Molly Huddle had a stormer of a race, being the only one in the top 5 to run a PB and finish 4th (ranked 8th going in).
So, three Americans finished in the top six of the Women’s division for the first time since 1978: 3rd Shalane Flanagan (2:26:22) 4th Molly Huddle (2:26:44) 6th. Des Linden (2:27:51). But Des, Oh Des, I wanted you to win so bad. I'll be interested to see what she has to say about the race in the next week or so. That end-of-race speed training she's been working at paid off to some extent with her running a 3:51 negative split but not enough to chase down Tusa. So who else managed to get a PB? Well, 8 of the top 25 did do with the biggest ones being for Belaynesh Fikadu, ETH (8:14) Eva aka Caroline Almkvist SWE (8:01 PB) and Sarah Sellers, USA (7:27 PB and, hurrah!, just inside the 'A' standard qualifying time for the Olympic Trials in 2020 with 2:36:37). Sarah Sellers has already been through the 'whoooooooo?!' phase after her breakout 2nd place in Boston but it's 23 year old Almkvist who's the surprise unknown in the NYC results. She came 3rd in the Stockholm marathon earlier this year and like Sarah is not a professional runner and did not have an elite start.
Allie Kiefer was another one to live up to her pre-race hype with a solid 7th place and a PB to boot. I particularly love that she says 'in hindsight I could have run smarter... my goal was to reach the podium...', firstly because she's just like the rest of us who always think we could have run better after the race and are filled with what-if's(just ask my coach!) and secondly because she doesn't skate over her pre-race goal of a podium place - she acknowledges that is didn't happen.
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NYC, you threw an incredible party! Thank you for the cheers, I felt so loved and supported out on the streets! I finished in 7th place, as the 4th American, with a new PR of 2:28:12. Although in hindsight I feel like I could have run smarter, I gave it 100% and that’s all I can ask of myself. My goal was to make it to the podium, and I was far from reaching that, but it would be foolish to get caught up being sad by other’s amazing performances. I’m humbled by the women that crossed the finish line before me. And I hope next time I’m another step closer to making that dream a reality. . . If you’re still in NY, I’ll be at a NY Times event at the Merkin Concert Hall tonight at 7pm to chat with @des_linden & @stephrothstein about what it’s like to be a female athlete in 2018. If you don’t have a ticket yet, you can use the code Teamnyt for a $10 ticket (link is in my bio)! See you there! . . 📷: @urimiscott . . #progressnotperfection #tcsnycmarathon #nyc #strongnotskinny #runner
Lisa Weightman is pretty happy with an 8th place for Australia, commenting that while training she was also working 4 days a week, looking after the family and building a house. And for the Ultra-lovers out there it's exciting to see that Gerda Steyn of Two Oceans & Comrades fame is easily able to play with the big Girls in the 26.2 as well, finishing in 13th with a 6min PB.
|Rank by PR||Rank in NY||New York 2018||Name||Age||Country||Marathon PR||Plus or Minus PB||1st half||2nd half||Positive / negative split|
I could go on forever poring over these stats and the happy or gritted-teeth insta posts from the after-event runners but it's time to wind this up and put away the Marathon Majors until 2019
The result leaves the leaderboard for the Abbot World Marathon Majors Series XII after Berlin '18, Chicago '18 and New York '18 as follows:
1. Brigid Kosgei KEN 25
2. Gladys Cherono KEN 25
3. Mary Keitany KEN 25
4. Rolza Dereje ETH 16
5. Ruti Aga ETH 16
6. Vivian Cheruiyot KEN 16
7. Shalane Flanagan USA 9
8. Shure Demise ETH 9
9. Tirunesh Dibaba ETH 9
Tokyo, Boston, London and Berlin 2019 are still to come.
Also of interest is the fact that by running under 2:23, Keitany was awarded $45,000 on top of her $100,000 for first place.
-- FOOTNOTE : WORLD MARATHON MAJOR RULES--
If there’s a tie at the end of a Series, the winner is determined using the following rules (addressed in descending order):
The athlete with the best head-to-head record in Qualifying Races during the Series will be declared the winner. Only the fact that one athlete finished ahead of the other will be taken into account and not by how many places nor whether those athletes scored points in that head-to-head contest.
The athlete who has won the most Qualifying Races during the period.
The athlete who the majority of the six Abbott World Marathon Majors Race Directors determines to be the champion. The Race Directors may decide to award the title jointly.