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Shalane Flanagan of the United States celebrates winning the Professional Women's Division during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon in Central Park (ELSA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

Shalane Flanagan of the United States celebrates winning the Professional Women’s Division during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon in Central Park (ELSA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman in 40 years to win the New York City Marathon, which went ahead on Sunday just five days after a deadly Manhattan truck attack that left eight people dead.

Flanagan, who not did run this year’s Boston Marathon due to a back injury, captured her first major world marathon crown in an unofficial time of 2hrs 26mins 53secs.

Kenya’s Mary Keitany, who was chasing her fourth consecutive New York victory, settled for second, 61 seconds back, with Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska third in 2:28:08.

At age 36, Flanagan became the first US woman to win on the streets of the Big Apple since Miki Gorman in 1977.

Flanagan, the 2010 New York marathon runner-up, was sixth in last year’s Rio Olympic marathon. She was the 10,000m runner-up at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor won the New York City Marathon men’s title on Sunday, taking his first victory at the distance.

Two years after losing the lead late in the 26.2-mile (42.1km) race, Kamworor held off compatriot Wilson Kipsang to win in an unofficial time of 2hrs 10mins 53secs.

Kipsang, the 2014 new York champion, was three seconds back with Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa third in 2:11:32.

Kamworor, 24, was in only his seventh marathon. He settled for second in 2015 to Kenyan Stanley Biwott after being overtaken late in the race.

Kipsang, 35, won in Tokyo earlier this year and raced in September’s Berlin Marathon but quit after 30km.

Expanded security lined the route of the world-famous race, which saw an estimated 50,000 runners from more than 125 nations compete across the Big Apple streets.(AFP)

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