Meet the 2017 NYC Marathon Winners: Kamworor, Flanagan, Hug and Schär

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For the 47th time, the New York City Marathon ran Sunday, November 5, and the 2017 NYC Marathon winners are an extraordinary bunch. From the Kenyan male, Geoffrey Kamworor, to female Portland native Shalane Flanagan, to the Swiss wheelchair race men’s and women’s winners, Marcel Hug and Manuela Schär, all four competitors beat all comers in one of the world’s toughest long-distance competitions.

Meet the NYC Marathon Winners: Men’s — Geoffrey Kamworor

Kamworor, a two-time world champion in the half-marathon, was the 14th Kenyan to win the men’s competition over the 48 years of this race. He finished with a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 53 seconds.

Kamworor was raised in Kenya’s Rift Valley Province, in the village of Chepkorio. Just a few years ago, this young man won the Berlin Half Marathon with an incredible time of 1:00:38 – less than one minute from being under one hour.

On November 22 of 2017, Kamworor will turn just 25 years old – which means we have many more years of him to come.

Meet the NYC Marathon Winners: Women’s – Shalane Flanagan

This 37-year-old Portland, Oregon, native won the women’s side of the NYC Marathon with an awesome time of 2 hours, 26 minutes and 53 seconds. She became the first U.S. woman to win this race since 1977 – 40 years! Flanagan beat Kenyan runner Mary Keitany, who had own in each of the past three years.

Flanagan is now an Olympic silver medalist, after a runner was disqualified from a race in the 2008 Beijng Olympics, and now Flanagan is one of the very few American NYC Marathon winners.

Interestingly, Flanagan has announced that she would likely retire if she won Sunday’s race. She has lived in several parts of America, including Massachusetts, North Carolina and Oregon.

Meet the NYC Marathon Winners: Men’s Wheelchair – Marcel Hug

For the third time in five years, Switzerland’s Marcel Hug crossed the finish line first in his push-rim wheelchair Sunday. With a nickname like the “Silver Bullet,” it’s hard not to be impressed by the 31-year-old Paralympian athlete.

Hug was born with spina bifada, as he was raised on a farm with three brothers in Pfyn, Switzerland.

Ever since the 2012 New York City Marathon was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy, Hug has finished first in 2013, 2016 and now 2017. He finished with a time of 1 hour, 37 minutes and 17 seconds. Hug won last year’s race by just sixth-hundredths of a second!

Meet the NYC Marathon Winners: Women’s Wheelchair – Manuela Schär

Like her Swiss male counterpart, Schär went home as one of just four NYC Marathon winners Sunday. She was somehow able to hold off American Tatyana McFadden – a five-time winner! Schär finished second to McFadden for three consecutive years, before Schär could beat her Sunday by close to three minutes.

This was the first time that two competitors from the same country swept the two push-rim wheelchair races.

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