Peres Jepchirchir and Albert Korir win the 2021 New York Marathon

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First two and we are not two! Kenyan athletes Peres Jepchirchir and Albert Korir have done their thing in 2021 New York Marathon. Both finished the highly anticipated race in first place on Sunday 7 November. According to CNN, Peres secured his victory in the women’s competition and Albert took his in the men’s one.

For the uninitiated, the marathon is said to be a 26.2-mile run through New York City’s five boroughs: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Manhattan. Runners start on Staten Island and finish in Central Park. The event attracted around 30,000 people just in time for its 50th New York Marathon.

Last year’s race was canceled due to the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The organizers of the 2021 marathon implemented several procedures to minimize the risks of spreading the deadly virus, including sharing vaccine information and requesting face covers.

28-year-old Peres competed in the marathon for the first time this year, so her win made people tremble. It now holds two major victories. Peres is the first runner to have an Olympic gold medal and win the New York Marathon. She secured the winning spot in “2 hours, 22 minutes and 39 seconds”.

“I thank my God for the energy he has given me,” Peres said after his win. “I will say that this path is not bad, but it is not easy” above all the arrival.

Albert also came in hot with an impressive time of “2 hours, 8 minutes and 22 seconds”. He competed in the 2019 marathon with a close second place finish.

Black excellence was definitely on display. While Peres snatched the top spot, man Kenyan runner he arrived in seconds behind her. Ababel Yeshaneh from Ethiopia took third place in “2 hours, 22 minutes and 52 seconds”.

When this marathon began in 1970, the cost to participate was only $ 1. It saw 127 registered participants, but ended with only 55 people crossing the finish line. Now, 50 years later, athletes come from all over the world to show off their skills!

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