On a cold and windy morning, Mary Keitany of Kenya won the 2014 New York City Marathon with a winning time of 2:25:03. It was the closest NYC Marathon ever, with fellow Kenyan Jemima Jelagat Sumgong finishing just two seconds later.
The finish was reminiscent of 2004, when Paula Radcliffe beat Susan Kepchemei by just four seconds.
Keitany pulled ahead in the final mile after Sumgong briefly took the lead. Keitany's previous best wins were a pair of London Marathon wins in 2011-12. She took most of 2013 off after having a child.
Sumgong was a late addition to the race after defending champion Priscah Jeptoo dropped out. She also finished second at the 2012 Boston Marathon.
For finishing first, Keitany wins $100,000. Sumgong gets $60,000 for finishing in second place.
Jelena Prokopcuka of Latvia, the winner of the New York City Marathon in 2005-06, led a portion of the second half of the race before Keitany and Sumgong pulled away over the final quarter.