Kenyans Albert Korir and Peres Jepchirchir take top prizes at New York City Marathon • EBONY

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The New York Marathon returned and history was written as two Kenyan sprinters took first prize in each race, reports the New York Post.

Albert Korir and Peres Jepchirchir pulled off a Kenyan sweep on Sunday. Korir won the men’s race two years after finishing second and Jepchirchir became the only woman to win a major marathon in the fall after winning an Olympic gold medal the previous summer.

Korir crossed the finish line in 2:08:22 and Jepchirchir in 2:22:39.

“I never imagined I would win today,” said Korir, who celebrates his first victory since winning the 2019 Ottawa Race Weekend Marathon.

“After I [won] the Olympic medal, I did not expect to win, ”said Jepchirchir.

As she neared the finish line in Central Park, Jepchirchir said she felt a surge of energy she had never felt before.

“I don’t know where this energy is coming from,” Jepchirchir said.

On the men’s side, around the 18th mile, Korir’s endurance proved too important for his opponents as he passed Moroccan Mohamed El Aaraby and Italian Eyob Faniel.

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“I tried to push, I tried to get the best time,” Korir said.

Each winner took home a prize of $ 100,000

After being canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the New York City Marathon had around 30,000 participants from around the world. Runners had to present a vaccination record or a negative test 48 hours before the race.

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