Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia wins New York Marathon in course-record time (Image Reuters /Mike Segar)

Tamirat Tola Sets Course Record in New York Marathon Win

Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia won the men’s race while Letesenbet Gidey finished second in the women’s event at the 2023 TSC New York Marathon on Sunday.

Tamirat set a new course-record time of 2:04:58, topping the 2:05.06 set by Geoffrey Mutai in 2011 of the World Athletics Platinum Label road race.

He pulled away from countrymate Jemel Yimer at mile 20 to secure his first-ever marathon major victory.

Kenya’s Albert Korir finished second in 2:06:57 while Shura Kitata of Ethiopia completed the podium, clocking 2:07:11.

Speaking to the US broadcaster ESPN, Tamirat said “This is my first Major win, [so] this is very, very important for me. After I [withdrew] from the world championships [this year in Budapest] because of my stomach, I [am] very happy for this. I am thankful for all the support as I ran.”

In the Women’s race, Letesenbet crossed the finishing line just 6 seconds behind the winner Hellen Obiri of Kenya.

Hellen, Letesenbet, and Sharon Lokedi of Kenya were all running together exchanging the lead.

Hellen made a move in the final part of the race and went on to win in 2:27:23, adding to her title at the Boston Marathon earlier this year.

Letesenbet finished second in 2:27:29 while the defending champion Sharon was third in 2:27:33.

Men results
Tamirat Tola, Ethiopia, 2:04:58 (course record)
Albert Korir, Kenya, 2:06:57
Shura Kitata, Ethiopia, 2:07:11

Women’s results
Hellen Obiri, Kenya, 2:27:23
Letesenbet Gidey, Ethiopia, 2:27:29
Sharon Lokedi, Kenya, 2:27:33