- Albert Korir and Peres Jepchirchir staged epic performances to win the 2021 edition of the New York Marathon
- Jepchirchir stunned compatriot Viola Cheptoo to win the women's race, with her victory coming just three months after she conquered the Tokyo Olympics
- On his part, Korir saw off stiff competition from Moroccan Mohamed El Aaraby and Eyob Faniel of Italy to emerge top
Kenyan duo Albert Korir and Peres Jepchirchir will each pocket an eyewatering KSh 11 million after winning the New York Marathon on Sunday, November 7.
Both athletes finished first in their respective races, with Korir crossing the finish line with a time of 2:08:22.
On her part, Jepchirchir made history as she became the first Olympic Marathon champion to win the race.
Jepchirchir clocked an impressive 2:22:39 to emerge top only three months after she conquered the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
She pulled away from the pack in the final meters to finish just four seconds ahead of compatriot Viola Cheptoo who had to settle for a second-place finish, with Ethiopia's Ababel Yeshaneh completing the podium.
Reacting to her victory, Jepchirchir admitted she did not expect to win the race as she was fresh from competing in the Olympics.
“After I [won] the Olympic medal, I was not expecting to win,” Jepchirchir revealed.
“I don’t know where that energy came from,” she added.
Meanwhile, in the men's race, Korir gained control of the race around the 18th mile, forcing Morocco's Mohamed El Aaraby and Eyob Faniel of Italy to settle for a second and third-place finish respectively.
Kenyan-born Elkanah Kibet who switched citizenship to America in 2013 finished fourth.
New York Post reports each of the athletes who finished first will bank $10,000 equivalent of KSh 11 million by the current exchange rate as prize money.
Jepchirchir gifts uncle magnificent house
Earlier, TUKO.co.ke reported Jepchirchir gifted her uncle a beautiful house for taking care of her ever since she was two years old.
The marathoner shared pictures of the grand opening event of the permanent bungalow on her social media.
"Thanks to my uncle for taking care of me since I was two years old, this is for you. Thank you, God, for such a blessing," she said.
Source: Sports Brief News