New York City Marathon: What Hellen Obiri Earned as Kenyan Wins Women’s 2023 Event

New York City Marathon: What Hellen Obiri Earned as Kenyan Wins Women’s 2023 Event

Edwin Kiplagat
November 8, 2023 at 7:23 AM
  • Hellen Obiri was the winner of the 2023 women's New York City Marathon
  • She defeated her long-time nemesis, Letesenbet Gidey in a gripping race
  • Obiri not only took home the bragging rights but also a big monetary prize

Hellen Obiri won her second marathon of 2023 after crossing the finish line first in the women's New York City Marathon on Sunday.

Apart from winning the marathon, the Kenyan star took home a sizable amount of money - a reward for her excellent performance.

Hellen Obiri, New York City Marathon, Letesenbet Gidey, Brigid Kosgei, kenya, Olympics
Hellen Obiri has won two of her three marathons in her career. Photo by Elsa.
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This year's New York City Marathon was Obiri's third marathon, and she was returning to where she made her debut after a great run on the track.

The women's race was fascinating, and there wasn't a clear front-runner in the last few kilometres.

Four Kenyans: Obiri - former world record holder, Brigid Kosgei - defending champion, Sharon Lokedi, and Viola Cheptoo as well as Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey were in the lead in the final moments of the race.

Obiri and Gidey dropped the others, and just like in the 2022 World Athletics Champions in Oregon, the two battled for the top prize. The two sprinted towards the finish line, but it was the Kenyan who got the win in the end.

Six athletes from the African country finished in the top six of the women's race. Obiri clocked 2:27:23 while Gidey finished in 2:27:29, per World Athletics.

She also clocked 2:21:38 to win the women's Boston Marathon earlier this year.

Obiri's earnings at NYC marathon

Around $900,000 was awarded to athletes in this year's event. Runners in the elite men's, women's, and wheelchair divisions received prizes.

First-place finishers in both the men's and women's marathons were awarded $100,000. Second-place finishers got $60,000, third $40,000, fourth $25,000 and fifth $15,000, per CBS News.

Therefore, Obiri took home $100,000, which is over 15 million when converted to Kenyan shillings. With that win, she is one of the highest-earning Kenyan athletes in 2023.

The six marathon majors of 2023 are now completed. The next one will be in Tokyo in March 2024.

Listing the unbreakable athletics records

Sports Brief earlier reported on athletics records unlikely to be broken after Usain Bolt's 100-metre and 200-m milestones.

No one has come close to the retired Jamaican's 9.58 and 19.19 times and it could take a few decades for those to be surpassed.

Florence Griffith-Joyner's 100m women's record has not been breached since 1988, among others that will stand for very long.

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