American woman wins the NYC Marathon for the first time in 40 years

Shalane Flanagan crossed the New York City Marathon finish line just a few minutes shy of two-and-a-half hours after she started.

It was fast enough to win the women's race portion of the annual competition, making the 36-year-old runner from Portland, Oregon the first American woman to bring home a victory in 40 years. The last time that happened was in 1977 when Miki Gorman won — for the second year in a row — with a time of 2:43:10.

Flanagan's win shut down a record-breaking moment for the women's race runner-up, Mary Keitany. A Keitany win would have made it four in a row for the Kenyan runner and defending champ, an honor that only a handful of NYC Marathon competitors can claim.

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Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Shalane Flanagan waves during the medal presentation after winning the professional women's division at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Winner of the the professional women's division Shalane Flanagan (center) poses for a photo with Mary Keitany (right) and Mamitu Daska (left) after at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Athletics - New York City Marathon - New York, U.S. - November 5, 2017 - Shalane Flanagan of the U.S. wins the women's race. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Athletics - New York City Marathon - New York, U.S. - November 5, 2017 - The professional men's group run through Brooklyn in the men's race. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Athletics - New York City Marathon - New York, U.S. - November 5, 2017 - Shalane Flanagan of the U.S. wins the women's race. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya (left) and Shalane Flanagan of USA (right) pose with their medals after the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Geoffrey Kamworor (center) poses for a photo with Wilson Kipsang (right) and Lelisa Desisaafter (left) after winning the professional men's division at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Wilson Kipsang celebrates after crossing the finish line in second place of the Professional Men's division at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Athletics - New York City Marathon - New York, U.S. - November 5, 2017 - The professional men's group run through Brooklyn in the men's race. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Geoffrey Kamworor celebrates after winning the Professional Men's division at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon.Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Shalane Flanagan celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the Professional Women's division at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Shalane Flanagan celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the professional women's division at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Athletics - New York City Marathon - New York, U.S. - November 5, 2017 - Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor, Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa, Kenya's Wilson Kipsang, and Ethiopia's Lemi Berhanu run down Fifth Avenue during the men's race. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge shortly after the start of the New York City Marathon in New York, U.S., November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Runners exit from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge shortly after the start of the New York City Marathon in New York, U.S., November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Residents of Brooklyn greet runners shortly after the start of the New York City Marathon in New York, U.S., November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Residents of Brooklyn greet runners shortly after the start of the New York City Marathon in New York, U.S., November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Runners exit from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge shortly after the start of the New York City Marathon in New York, U.S., November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A runner pauses on the median while crossing the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge shortly after the start of the New York City Marathon in New York, U.S., November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Athletes compete in the Men's Division during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon in New York on November 5, 2017. Five days after the worst attack on New York since September 11, 2001, the city is staging a show of defiance on November 5, as 50,000�runners from around the world are set to participate in the New York Marathon, under heavy security. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Athletes compete in the Men's Division during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon in New York on November 5, 2017. Five days after the worst attack on New York since September 11, 2001, the city is staging a show of defiance on November 5, as 50,000�runners from around the world are set to participate in the New York Marathon, under heavy security. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Runners of the Professional Men's Division lead the field during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on November 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Athletes compete in the Men's Division during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon in New York on November 5, 2017. Five days after the worst attack on New York since September 11, 2001, the city is staging a show of defiance on November 5, as 50,000�runners from around the world are set to participate in the New York Marathon, under heavy security. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Athletes compete in the Men's Division during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon in New York on November 5, 2017. Five days after the worst attack on New York since September 11, 2001, the city is staging a show of defiance on November 5, as 50,000�runners from around the world are set to participate in the New York Marathon, under heavy security. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Athletes compete in the Men's Division during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon in New York on November 5, 2017. Five days after the worst attack on New York since September 11, 2001, the city is staging a show of defiance on November 5, as 50,000�runners from around the world are set to participate in the New York Marathon, under heavy security. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Athletes compete in the Men's Division during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon in New York on November 5, 2017. Five days after the worst attack on New York since September 11, 2001, the city is staging a show of defiance on November 5, as 50,000�runners from around the world are set to participate in the New York Marathon, under heavy security. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Geoffrey Kamworor (2R) of Kenya competes to win the Men's Division during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon in New York on November 5, 2017. Five days after the worst attack on New York since September 11, 2001, the city is staging a show of defiance on November 5, as 50,000�runners from around the world are set to participate in the New York Marathon, under heavy security. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Athletes compete in the Men's Division during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon in New York on November 5, 2017. Five days after the worst attack on New York since September 11, 2001, the city is staging a show of defiance on November 5, as 50,000�runners from around the world are set to participate in the New York Marathon, under heavy security. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya crosses the finish line as he wins the Professional Men's Division during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon in Central Park on November 5, 2017 in New York City (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Wilson Kipsang of Kenya congratulates Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya at the finish line during the TCS New York City Marathon in Central Park on November 5, 2017 in New York City. Kamworor won the Professional Men's division and Kipsang placed in second. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Athletes compete in the Men's Division during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon in New York on November 5, 2017. Five days after the worst attack on New York since September 11, 2001, the city is staging a show of defiance on November 5, as 50,000�runners from around the world are set to participate in the New York Marathon, under heavy security. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Shalane Flanagan of the United States celebrates winning the Professional Women's Division during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon in Central Park on November 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Shalane Flanagan of the United States celebrates winning the Professional Women's Division with Mary Keitany of Kenya (L, 2nd place) and Mamitu Dasku of Ethiopia (R, 3rd place) during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon in Central Park on November 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Runners participate during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon in New York on November 5, 2017. Five days after the worst attack on New York since September 11, 2001, the city is staging a show of defiance on November 5, as 50,000�runners from around the world are set to participate in the New York Marathon, under heavy security. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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Only one other women's race runner — Norway's Grete Waitz — can claim that achievement, with five consecutive wins. Waitz is also the all-time great of the NYC Marathon, with more consecutive wins (5) and more overall wins (9) than any racer in any division.

Ethiopia's Mamitu Daska, who was running in the New York City Marathon for the first time, finished third, with a time of 2:28:08.

Flanagan's final time of 2:26:53 was almost a full minute ahead of Keitany's, who finished with 2:27:54. The two runners embraced at the finish line after it was all over... and then no doubt fled soon after for a dark, quiet bedroom and some well-earned rest.

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