March 21, 2016 Matthew Sonnenfeldt

“Molly Huddle Scores a Record and a Win…”

Molly Huddle successfully defended her NYC Half Marathon title by a historically narrow margin Sunday morning, edging Joyce Chepkirui at the tape by 0.08 seconds in what was the closest finish for men or women in the 11-year history of the race.

Huddle’s winning time of 1:07:41 set an American record for a women-only race and shattered the previous event record by 50 seconds.

In the men’s race, Stephen Sambu, who last year just missed the NYC Half title when his Kenyan countryman Leonard Korir caught him at the tape, broke away from Wilson Chebet of Kenya and Sam Chelanga of the U.S. eight and a half miles into the race and cruised to victory in 1:01:16. (Korir was not in New York to defend his title.) Sambu’s 19-second win over second-place Chebet was the widest margin of victory in the men’s race since 2010.

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