Athletics
Flanagan is first American woman to win race since 1977

Kenya's Mary Keitany, bidding for her fourth consecutive victory in the race, was 61 seconds back in second.

Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman for 40 years to win the New York Marathon as she captured her first major world title. The 36-year-old, runner-up in 2010 and sixth at last year's Olympics, won in two hours 26 minutes 53 seconds.

Kenya's Mary Keitany, bidding for her fourth consecutive victory in the race, was 61 seconds back in second.

According to BBC, Snipers were present in heightened security measures after the Manhattan truck attack which killed eight people.

Sanitation trucks filled with sand, known as blocker cars, were also evident in an attempt to prevent terrorists from driving into crowds of people.    

More than 50,000 runners from about 125 nations took part in the race across five boroughs.