Molly Huddle and Feyisa Lelisa lead 20,000 at 2017 United Airlines NYC Half

Sisson-HuddleH1-NycHalf17.JPGEmily Sisson and Molly Huddle, 2017 United NYC Half, photo by
Hawkins_CallumH-NyHalf17.jpgCallum Hawkins leads Teshome Mekonnen and Feyisa Lelisa, 2017 United NYC Half, photo by
Huddle and Lilesa
NEW YORK (USA, Mar 19): Molly Huddle won her third successive title in the NYC Half in a close race against training partner and debutante Emily Sisson. Huddle and Sisson were neck-and-neck until the last 400m when Huddle pulled away to win in 68:19 from Sisson in 68:21. Burundi's Diane Nukuri was third in 69:13 ahead of Edna Kiplagat (69:37) ad Amy Cragg (69:38). Sweden's Sarah Lahti was the top European finisher in sixth, clocking 69:58 on her half marathon debut. The men's race was also decided with less than a kilometre remaining with Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa pulling away from Brit Callum Hawkins, 60:04 to 60:08. Ethiopia's Teshome Mekonen was third in 60:28, one place ahead of defending champion Stephen Sambu (60:55). Chris Derrick was the top American finisher in sixth in 61:12. Further back, Abdi Abdirahman and Meb Keflezighi were 15th and 20th in 63:22 and 64:55 respectively.

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