A New York City Marathon runner collapsed after leading for much of the race, with two Kenyans, Sharon Lokedi and Evans Chebet going on to win.

Brazil’s Daniel do Nascimento collapsed about 10km from the finish line.

Lokedi, 28, from Kenya, was the women’s champion with a time of 2 hours, 23 minutes and 23 seconds. It was the first time she has ever run the New York City Marathon.

Chebet, 33, also from Kenya, was the men’s champion with a time of 2 hours, eight minutes and 41 seconds.

Chebet, who won the Boston Marathon this year, took the lead after do Nascimento collapsed.

Do Nascimento had a huge lead for most of the race, but took an 18-second break to use a Porta potty and began to fade when he returned. The elite runner collapsed soon afterwards.

Medical personnel rushed to help do Nascimento, who appeared to be in serious distress following his fall.

Temperatures were unseasonably high Sunday at 22C with a 67 per cent humidity, prompting officials to put additional misting stations and water stops on the route to keep runner’s hydrated.

Reed Fischer, a 27-year-old professional runner from Boulder, Colorado told The Post at the finish line that the heat made the course incredibly difficult and was likely what caused do Nascimento to collapse.

“It was a day to run smarter rather than harder,” Fischer said. “You could feel it by mile two. I mean, you’re sweating way earlier than you would otherwise be sweating. So, it hurts pretty much the whole time.”

Scott Fauble was the first American professional runner in the men’s race to cross the finish line, taking ninth place with a time of 2 hours, 13 minutes and 35 seconds.

Marcel Hug, from Norttvil, Switzerland, was first to cross the finish line Sunday, defending his title in the men’s wheelchair division and topping both his 2021 time and the course record. He finished at an 1 hour 25 minutes 26 seconds.

Hug will be awarded $50,000 extra for breaking the event record by four minutes in addition to the $25,000 first-place prize. This is his fifth time winning in New York and 17th time winning a World Marathon Major event.

“It was a perfect day today. We had great conditions and a lot of fun out there,” Hug told The Post. “We had some weeks to prepare because we had some other marathons this Fall: Berlin, Chicago. I had to prepare for many up hills, the bridges and yeah I’m happy with my preparation.”

Susanah Scaroni won the women’s professional wheelchair division for the first time, setting the course record after finishing in third in 2019 and missing the 2021 race. The 31-year-old American finished at 1 hour 42 minutes 43 seconds.

The wheelchair and handcycle division races began just before 8am, whereas professional women’s race began at 8:40, and the professional men’s race started at 9:05.

Over 50,000 participants laced up their running shoes for the 51st edition of the New York City Marathon on Sunday morning and began the 26.2-mile journey across all five boroughs.

The 2022 marathon is at full capacity for the first time since 2019 after it was cancelled in 2020 and downsized in 2021 due to the Covid pandemic. This year’s race has drawn in a massive crowd with runners from 150 different countries.

This article was originally published by the New York Post and reproduced with permission

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