The Youngest Male To Win The New York Marathon Is Just 20 Years Old!
The New York City Marathon concluded on Sunday and it’s safe to say that the youth got all the bragging rights.
Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea left Kenyan Lucas Rotich and Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa eating dust after mile 20 on the five-borough course. A week before his 21st birthday, Ghebreslassie became the youngest male athlete to ever win the race, finishing in 2:07:51, with a one minute lead over runner-up Lucas Rotich.
The young athlete placed fourth at the Rio Olympic marathon this summer. He recorded his personal best – finishing in 2:07:46 – at the London Marathon in springe, while also finishing fourth. All bets were off after Kenyan Stanley Biwott was forced to drop out of the men’s race due to a right calf injury.
This meant that the New York City Marathon was guaranteed a new champion. Biwott had to previously drop out of the Rio Olympic marathon after experiencing severe stomach pain around the 20-mile mark. New York natives, Abdi Abdirahman and Dathan Ritzenhein, were more than a match for the leaders in the first 11 miles but eventually fell behind, much to the disappointment of the hometown fans.
By mile 12, the marathon was a three-horse race with Desisa, Ghebreslassie and Rotich in front. Ritzenhein, a 33-year-old Michigan resident, had to drop out after mile 19 due to an injury on his right heel, while Lelisa inexplicably abandoned the race at mile 22. The third place went to 39-year-old Abdirahman, who finished the marathon in an unofficial time of 2:11:23.