Pakistan runners shine at New York City Marathon

The biggest marathon in the world featured inspiring performances across the five boroughs

By Web Desk
November 07, 2023
More more than 50,000 people competed in the 53rd edition of the New York City Marathon - FILE

In a remarkable display of endurance and determination, a group of Pakistani runners showcased their talent and resilience at the 53rd New York City Marathon.

Despite the challenging course, these runners from various cities demonstrated their prowess in long-distance running.

The biggest marathon in the world featured inspiring performances across the five boroughs. On Sunday, November 5, more than 50,000 people competed in the 53rd edition of the New York City Marathon.

Runners enjoyed clear skies and moderate temperatures in the 50s for most of the competition. Below are the results of Pakistan participants:

Hamid Butt, hailing from Lahore, in his third appearance, completed the marathon in 3 hours, 47 minutes, and 55 seconds.

Prem Kumar from New York, in his third appearance, completed with a finishing time of 3 hours, 58 minutes, and 46 seconds.

Aamer Butt, another New York resident, in his ninth appearance, crossed the line in 4 hours, 11 minutes, and 1 second.

Babar Ghias, originally from Chicago, displayed a strong performance with a time of 3 hours, 50 minutes, and 31 seconds.

Jamal Khan, a New York local completed his second marathon in 4 hours, 44 minutes, and 42 seconds.

Khadeja Usmani from Boston showcased an incredible feat as she finished the race in a time of 6 hours, 24 minutes, and 17 seconds.

Fawad Karim, a London native, proved his mettle by finishing time of 3 hours, 55 minutes, and 29 seconds.

Saad Usmani, yet another resident of New York, finished his third marathon of 6 hours, 26 minutes, and 5 seconds.

Muhammad Raza from Memphis, in his first marathon, finished the marathon with a time of 5 hours, 29 minutes, and 42 seconds.

Maeen Ud Din, hailing from the UAE, in his first NYC Marathon finished with a time of 4 hours, 34 minutes, and 11 seconds.

Shabab Hussain, an athlete from the USA, completed the marathon in 4 hours, 52 minutes, and 10 seconds.

Shahnawaz, another New York local, demonstrated a remarkable performance by finishing the race with a time of 4 hours, 22 minutes, and 40 seconds.

Men's race

Tamirat Tola dominates the men’s race in a course record. With a decisive move around the 20-mile mark, Tamirat Tola ran away with the men’s title in New York City. The 2022 world marathon champion earned redemption in the Big Apple with the victory in 2:04:58, a course record by eight seconds and almost two minutes ahead of runner-up Albert Korir.

The win follows a disappointing showing at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, where Tola was forced to drop out of the marathon due to stomach issues. On Sunday, the Ethiopian runner showed no signs of struggle when he broke away from the competition with six miles remaining.

From the start, Tola made his intentions known. He led a pack of five through the half marathon split in 1:02:45. The group included podium contenders Korir, Yemal Yimer, Abdi Nageeye, and Zouhair Talbi, with Shura Kitata close behind.

Hellen Obiri claims women’s title

In a thrilling sprint finish, Hellen Obiri won the New York City Marathon in 2:27:23. The victory in Central Park is the Kenyan runner’s second World Marathon Major title this year, marking an exceptional transition from the track to the roads.

In her first 26.2, the On Athletics Club athlete finished sixth in the Big Apple last year. Obiri followed the performance with a decisive victory at the Boston Marathon in April. On Sunday, the two-time 5,000-meter world champion tapped into her track speed to beat half marathon world record-holder Letesenbet Gidey on the home stretch. She is the first athlete in 34 years to win Boston and New York City in the same season.