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Shalane Flanagan crosses the finish line first in the women's division of the New York City Marathon in New York, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

An American woman just won the NYC Marathon for the first time in 40 years



Thirty-six-year old Shalane Flanagan ended a decades-long streak for American women in the New York City Marathon on Sunday by winning the 26.2-mile race with an unofficial time of 2:26:53, according to the New York Times. Flanagan outran three-time defending champion Mary Keitany of Kenya to become the first American woman to win the race since Miki Gorman in 1977.

As she crossed the finish line, Flanagan spread out her arms as she dismantled the finish line tape.

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Her 2017 victory follows a close, but disappointing loss in 2010, in which she placed second in the 2010 NYC Marathon, according to the Washington Post.

Those who couldn't celebrate with Flanagan celebrated her inspiring win on Twitter.

The American win comes less than a week after terrorist suspect Sayfullo Saipov rammed a Home Depot rental truck through a bike lane in Manhattan, killing eight and injuring 11. But Sunday's highly-anticipated 26.2-mile race went on as planned, but with additional officers, snipers and aerial surveillance. Gov. Andrew Cuomo emphasized that the intensified law enforcement presence was done as a precaution, and that there has not been a credible threat or specific threats made against the marathon.

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