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19-Year-Old Ghirmay Ghebresiassie of Eritrea Becomes Youngest Male N.Y.C. Marathon Winner

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This year’s annual New York City marathon was history-making as 19-year-old Ghirmay Ghebresiassie of Eritrea became the race’s youngest winner.

Ghebreslassie finished his debut in the Big Apple with a time of 2:07:51, 62 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, Lucas Rotich of Kenya. American Abdi Abdirahman placed third in the men’s division.

The previous youngest male winners were Alberto Salazar in 1980 and Tom Fleming in 1973, who were both 22 when they won, according to NBC.

Women impressed as well, with Mary Keitany of Kenya winning her third consecutive New York City Marathon and becoming the first woman to do so since Grete Waltz’s five-year run from 1982 to 1986, NBC reports. With a time of 02:24:26, the 34-year-old athlete finished over three and a half minutes before the next female runner.

Sally Kipyego of Kenya and Molly Huddle of the United States placed second and third, respectively.

“[The marathon] seems like it’s about who manages themselves the best, and I feel like I learned a lot today,” Huddle, 32, told Runner’s World of her third-place finish. “I’m glad I had a really good experience.”

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Huddle, who competed in the Rio Olympics but never before competed in a marathon, also gave her competitors a shout out on Instagram, showing off her medal and NYC-themed nails.

“1st marathon done!” she wrote. “Congrats Mary Keitany for crushing her 3rd win and @sallykipyego for her stellar come back and everyone else grinding through 26.2 today!”