Americans turn in top-five finishes in New York

Americans turn in top-five finishes in New York

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NEW YORK CITY -- Meb Keflezighi and Desiree Linden each registered top-five finishes at the TCS New York City Marathon Sunday, while wheelchair marathoner Tatyana McFadden once again proved to be unbeatable as she captured her second straight marathon grand slam with her Big Apple victory.

The weather certainly played a factor in Sunday’s event, as the wind reached speeds of 45 miles per hour. The high gusts whipping around the five boroughs were most evident in the wheelchair races, as the start line for the men’s and women’s wheelchair marathons had to be relocated to Brooklyn instead of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, cutting the distance to 23.2 miles. McFadden took a tumble while racing Sunday but still crushed her competitors, taking her eighth straight marathon title and completing her second straight marathon grand slam in 1:42:16.

In the men’s elite race, Keflezighi hung tough with the lead pack for the first 20 miles before falling off the leaders. Keflezighi dropped back to eighth at one point but was able to pick it up over the final miles to pass defending NYC champion Geoffrey Mutai and Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich, finishing fourth in 2:13:18. His performance in New York caps an impressive 2014 for the 39-year-old marathoner, as Keflezighi won the USATF Half Marathon Championships in January and the Boston Marathon in April.

On the women’s side, Linden rounded out the top five in 2:28:11. Linden stayed with the lead pack for much of the race and dropped away from the leaders around mile 18. Running alone for most of the finish, Linden dug in down the final stretch to hang on for fifth place. Annie Bersagel was the second-fastest American Sunday, crossing in 2:33:02 for 10th. American record holder Deena Kastor was right behind Bersagel in 11th (2:33:18).

Amanda Brooks