Saturday, May 1, 2010

Chepkurui Rocks Bloomsday with 12k World’s Best

We already knew Lineth Chepkurui was one of the best female distance runners on the planet.  But after clocking 38:10 for the Lilac Bloomsday 12k — the fastest time ever recorded for that distance on the roads — she deserves consideration as one of the best female road athletes of all-time.  Her 2010 has certainly been no less sterling than a 2009 season that saw her win Peachtree, Crescent City, Cherryblossom, and, Lilac Bloomsday, and by shaving 25-seconds off of her wining time from last year, it seems that Chepkurui is in fact even better this spring.  Chepkurui enjoyed a 15-second advantage over the international field when she hit the tape, and took almost as much time — 12-seconds — off of the previous world’s best.  As if the winning time wasn’t impressive enough, the Iten-based athlete collected her third-straight Bloomsday title by turning the tables on reigning World Cross Country Champion Emily Chebet Muge.

In addition to Chepkurui, fellow KIMbia athlete Jelliah Tingea placed 5th in 39:33, while Gilbert Okari and Philemon Terer placed 7th and 11th, respectively, in the men’s race. [ Results ]

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