Emily Sisson and Molly Huddle, 2017 United NYC Half, photo by PhotoRun.net
Callum Hawkins leads Teshome Mekonnen and Feyisa Lelisa, 2017 United NYC Half, photo by PhotoRun.net
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.