Shalane Flanagan is First American Woman to Win NYC Marathon in 40 Years

The New York City marathon has crowned a new winner and this one is it's first in almost 40 years!

Shalane Flanagan is the first American to win the women's New York City Marathon since 1977.

Flanagan finished the run with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 26 minutes and 53 seconds, putting her almost a minute ahead of second place finisher Mary Keitany.

Flanagan finished in second place in the New York race in 2010, and a fracture in her lower back kept her from the Boston Marathon.

She says she trained with beating Keitany in mind, as she had previously won three straight New York marathons.

Flanagan called Keitany "the alpha racer" and says she was ready to "suffer dearly" to keep up with the Kenyan.

While she hasn't confirmed anything, Flanagan did say she may retire if she won New York.

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