Paula Radcliffe's reign as New York City Marathon champion ended on Sunday as she placed fourth behind Ethiopian veteran Deratu Tulu.
After six months on the sidelines recovering from injury, Radcliffe, 35, was running her first marathon since winning this race 12 months ago.
In windy conditions the Briton had led from the gun but the relatively slow pace meant she had been unable to shake off her rivals.
And, at 23 miles, she was dropped from the leading quartet as Russia's Ludmila Petrova took off followed by Tulu and France's Christelle Daunay.
Two-time Olympic 10,000 metres champion Tulu, 37, first shook off Daunay and then the dogged Petrova as she turned for home at the 26-mile mark and won the race in two hours 28 minutes and 52 seconds, eight seconds ahead of the Russian with Daunay third in 2:29:16 and Radcliffe finishing fourth in 2:29:27.
There was a milestone victory in the men's race as Meb Keflezighi became the first American since Alberto Salazar in 1982 to win in New York, shaking off four-time Boston champion Robert Cheruiyot over the three miles to take victory in a personal best 2:09.15.
Cheruiyot, from Kenya, clocked 2:09:56 with two-time world champion Jaouad Gharib of Morocco third in 2:10:25 and another American, Ryan Hall fourth in 2:10:36, six Americans in total populating the men's top 10.