Olympic 5000m silver medallist Paul Chelimo broke the course record and Emily Sisson picked up her first win at the USATF 5K Championships, hosted by the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K in New York on Saturday (3).
Taking the lead with just over 800 metres to go, Chelimo forged on to seal the men’s title in 13:45, taking one second off the course record that was set by Nick Willis in 2013.
“It’s a good day to win,” said Chelimo, who also raced to World Championships 5000m bronze in 2017. “It’s so exciting, I wasn’t going to lose it today.”
This was the 28-year-old’s first competitive outing since his 3000m victory at the IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava in early September.
In a narrow finish, last year’s winner, Shadrack Kipchirchir, was second also credited with 13:45. Further back, Stanley Kebenei took third in 13:53.
After finishing as runner-up twice at the United Airlines NYC Half, Emily Sisson won her first race in New York, taking the tape in the women’s race with a solo sprint to the finish in 15:38.
“It means a lot winning here today,” said Sisson, who largely ran alone along the course through New York’s Central Park.
“I came second the last two times I raced in New York, and both of those races were really good, but to finally break the tape meant a lot to me. There’s something really special about racing here.”
Erika Kemp, who recently graduated from North Carolina State University where she won two NCAA titles – one indoors, one outdoors – over 5000m, took second in 15:50. Sisson trains with 2017 winner Molly Huddle who is racing in Sunday’s New York City Marathon.
Olympian Amy Cragg, who was third at the Tokyo Marathon earlier this year, finished third in 15:54.
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Tibedu breaks course record in Hangzhou
Ethiopia’s pre-event favourite Hirut Tibedu lived up to the expectations as she trimmed nearly three minutes off the course record to take the victory at the Hangzhou Marathon, an IAAF Silver Label road race, on Sunday (4).
The top two finishers in the women’s race both beat the 2:28:08 course record set by Ethiopia’s Muluhabt Tsega last year. The 23-year-old Tibedu, the fastest entrant with a personal best of 2:23:35 set in Shanghai last year, paced the race from the gun to the finish. She pulled away from compatriot Tsehay Desalegn after 27 kilometres to seize the sole lead and never looked back, sealing a convincing win in 2:25:10.
It is Tibedu’s second victory in as many marathons this year following her 2:24:08 triumph in Seoul in March.
The 27-year-old Desalegn finished second in 2:27:35, cutting one minute off the PB she set when finishing third in last year’s edition of this race. Sifan Melaku crossed the line in 2:31:47 as the remote third finisher to complete a sweep of podium for Ethiopia.
The men’s race was dominated by Kenyan runners. Michael Njenga Kunyuga upset a deep field which included 11 men with PBs faster than 2:10 to take the top honours in 2:10:37, just four seconds shy of the course record set by Azmeraw Bekele of Ethiopia last year.
Running under cool and wet conditions, a crowded leading group paced the race in the early stages. When they hit the 30-kilometre mark in 1:33:03, the leaders were cut to only 10 men. After another three kilometres, Kenya’s Douglass Kimeli first pulled away but was soon caught up by Kunyuga.
After a five-kilometre see-saw battle between Kimeli and Kunyuga, the latter finally pulled clear after 38 kilometres. The 31-year-old was well on track to assault on the course record when he passed 39 kilometres in 2:00:53. But it seemed his target was only on the victory, as Kunyuga apparently slowed down in front of the line, waving hands to celebrate his win instead of keeping pushing ahead.
Kunyuga’s winning mark is 21 seconds slower than his career best time set from his second-place finish in Hannover seven months ago. But it’s already the third title claimed by the efficient Kenyan, who debuted over the classic distance just last year and was competing in his fourth ever international road race.
Kimeli finished second in a PB of 2:11:06, followed by compatriot Mike Kiprotich Mutai, six seconds in arrears.
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