Monday, May 30, 2011

Chepkurui Wins Bolder Boulder, Keitany Impresses in Hengelo

Although Haron Keitany is already a distinguished international performer, he is a relatively new addition to the KIMbia roster — but he has very quickly shown why we are so proud to have him in our family. On Sunday in Hengelo, the man they call “Land Cruiser” clocked 3:31.86 to take second place behind Mohammed Shaween, a mere four-hundredths away from the win. Left in his wake were thirteen men, including a sub-3:30 rising star in Silas Kiplagat, and the reigning Olympic Champion (steeple), Brimin Kipruto. The time is Keitany’s third-fastest all time, and was just a few tenths away from Nixon Chepseba’s world lead.

One day later, Lineth Chepkurui won Bolder Boulder by over four seconds, claiming an enjoyable victory in the town where she sets up shop for her US season, each year. Along with runner-up Mamitu Deska, Chepkurui broke away from the rest of the field in the third mile, only securing her win over the Ethiopian — and two-time defending champion — with a final kick. Deska has won marathons in Dubai and Houston, but Chepkurui’s own formidable strength — and her aptness at shorter long-distance races — brought home a win in the final quarter-mile of the 10k race. After taking 3rd in 2006, Monday’s win was Lineth’s first in the city where she makes her US training home. It was an experience she particularly savored.

“It’s so fun just waking up from the house and racing,” Chepkurui explained, “Just like last time I raced at Iten Cross Country. I felt good, winning on home ground.”

Allan Kiprono took third after hanging with the leaders through the first five miles, James Carney was fifth — the first American, over Ryan Hall — and Jason Hartmann took eighth. Carney’s finish was a couple steps up from an already strong 7th-place run last year — a performance that helped push Team Colorado past Team USA-in-toto and into second-place in the team competition. Wry as ever, Carney said afterwards, “Maybe I’m not completely over the hill yet.”

Next up, KIMbia will be on the track at Hayward Field for the Prefontaine Classic, the first domestic stop on the IAAF Diamond League.

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11 Responses to “Chepkurui Wins Bolder Boulder, Keitany Impresses in Hengelo”

  1. [...] Ethiopia's Belete Assefa and Solomon Gonfa were first and second in the men's race but Ethiopia's third man was so far back that they managed to defeat Kenya by just one point, 12 to 13. The American men were bronze medalists in third with 24 points thanks chiefly to Boulder resident James Carney, who was fifth. "Maybe I’m not completely over the hill yet," quipped Carney, who is not. Ryan Hall, that 2:04:58 marathon guy, placed seventh. "I'm just learning to enjoy the ride a little bit more," noted Hall, who's trying a variety of distances and venues and doesn't really have much to worry about as a competitor until the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in January. "How often do we get to finish in front of this (crowd)? It's amazing. It's like the Olympics. What I love about this crowd is that they react to every single person coming across the line," Hall observed. "We are just punishing ourselves on the roads, and you get here and it's a nice breath of air." More and More [...]

  2. [...] Ethiopia's Belete Assefa and Solomon Gonfa were first and second in the men's race but Ethiopia's third man was so far back that they managed to defeat Kenya by just one point, 12 to 13. The American men were bronze medalists in third with 24 points thanks chiefly to Boulder resident James Carney, who was fifth. "Maybe I’m not completely over the hill yet," quipped Carney, who is not. Ryan Hall, that 2:04:58 marathon guy, placed seventh. "I'm just learning to enjoy the ride a little bit more," noted Hall, who's trying a variety of distances and venues and doesn't really have much to worry about as a competitor until the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in January. "How often do we get to finish in front of this (crowd)? It's amazing. It's like the Olympics. What I love about this crowd is that they react to every single person coming across the line," Hall observed. "We are just punishing ourselves on the roads, and you get here and it's a nice breath of air." More and More [...]

  3. [...] Ethiopia's  Belete Assefa and Solomon Gonfa were first and second in the men's race but Ethiopia's third man was so far back that they managed to defeat Kenya by just one point, 12 to 13. The American men were bronze medalists in third with 24 points thanks chiefly to Boulder resident James Carney, who was fifth. "Maybe I’m not completely over the hill yet," quipped Carney, who is not. Ryan Hall, that 2:04:58 marathon guy, placed seventh.  "I'm just learning to enjoy the ride a little bit more," noted Hall, who's trying a variety of distances and venues and doesn't really have much to worry about as a competitor until the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in January. "How often do we get to finish in front of this (crowd)? It's amazing. It's like the Olympics. What I love about this crowd is that they react to every single person coming across the line," Hall observed. "We are just punishing ourselves on the roads, and you get here and it's a nice breath of air." More and More [...]

  4. [...] Ethiopia's  Belete Assefa and Solomon Gonfa were first and second in the men's race but Ethiopia's third man was so far back that they managed to defeat Kenya by just one point, 12 to 13. The American men were bronze medalists in third with 24 points thanks chiefly to Boulder resident James Carney, who was fifth. "Maybe I’m not completely over the hill yet," quipped Carney, who is not. Ryan Hall, that 2:04:58 marathon guy, placed seventh.  "I'm just learning to enjoy the ride a little bit more," noted Hall, who's trying a variety of distances and venues and doesn't really have much to worry about as a competitor until the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in January. "How often do we get to finish in front of this (crowd)? It's amazing. It's like the Olympics. What I love about this crowd is that they react to every single person coming across the line," Hall observed. "We are just punishing ourselves on the roads, and you get here and it's a nice breath of air." More and More [...]

  5. [...] Ethiopia's  Belete Assefa and Solomon Gonfa were first and second in the men's race but Ethiopia's third man was so far back that they managed to defeat Kenya by just one point, 12 to 13. The American men were bronze medalists in third with 24 points thanks chiefly to Boulder resident James Carney, who was fifth. "Maybe I’m not completely over the hill yet," quipped Carney, who is not. Ryan Hall, that 2:04:58 marathon guy, placed seventh.  "I'm just learning to enjoy the ride a little bit more," noted Hall, who's trying a variety of distances and venues and doesn't really have much to worry about as a competitor until the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in January. "How often do we get to finish in front of this (crowd)? It's amazing. It's like the Olympics. What I love about this crowd is that they react to every single person coming across the line," Hall observed. "We are just punishing ourselves on the roads, and you get here and it's a nice breath of air." More and More [...]

  6. [...] Ethiopia's  Belete Assefa and Solomon Gonfa were first and second in the men's race but Ethiopia's third man was so far back that they managed to defeat Kenya by just one point, 12 to 13. The American men were bronze medalists in third with 24 points thanks chiefly to Boulder resident James Carney, who was fifth. "Maybe I’m not completely over the hill yet," quipped Carney, who is not. Ryan Hall, that 2:04:58 marathon guy, placed seventh.  "I'm just learning to enjoy the ride a little bit more," noted Hall, who's trying a variety of distances and venues and doesn't really have much to worry about as a competitor until the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in January. "How often do we get to finish in front of this (crowd)? It's amazing. It's like the Olympics. What I love about this crowd is that they react to every single person coming across the line," Hall observed. "We are just punishing ourselves on the roads, and you get here and it's a nice breath of air." More and More [...]

  7. [...] Ethiopia's  Belete Assefa and Solomon Gonfa were first and second in the men's race but Ethiopia's third man was so far back that they managed to defeat Kenya by just one point, 12 to 13. The American men were bronze medalists in third with 24 points thanks chiefly to Boulder resident James Carney, who was fifth. "Maybe I’m not completely over the hill yet," quipped Carney, who is not. Ryan Hall, that 2:04:58 marathon guy, placed seventh.  "I'm just learning to enjoy the ride a little bit more," noted Hall, who's trying a variety of distances and venues and doesn't really have much to worry about as a competitor until the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in January. "How often do we get to finish in front of this (crowd)? It's amazing. It's like the Olympics. What I love about this crowd is that they react to every single person coming across the line," Hall observed. "We are just punishing ourselves on the roads, and you get here and it's a nice breath of air." More and More [...]

  8. [...] Ethiopia's  Belete Assefa and Solomon Gonfa were first and second in the men's race but Ethiopia's third man was so far back that they managed to defeat Kenya by just one point, 12 to 13. The American men were bronze medalists in third with 24 points thanks chiefly to Boulder resident James Carney, who was fifth. "Maybe I’m not completely over the hill yet," quipped Carney, who is not. Ryan Hall, that 2:04:58 marathon guy, placed seventh.  "I'm just learning to enjoy the ride a little bit more," noted Hall, who's trying a variety of distances and venues and doesn't really have much to worry about as a competitor until the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in January. "How often do we get to finish in front of this (crowd)? It's amazing. It's like the Olympics. What I love about this crowd is that they react to every single person coming across the line," Hall observed. "We are just punishing ourselves on the roads, and you get here and it's a nice breath of air." More and More [...]

  9. [...] Ethiopia's  Belete Assefa and Solomon Gonfa were first and second in the men's race but Ethiopia's third man was so far back that they managed to defeat Kenya by just one point, 12 to 13. The American men were bronze medalists in third with 24 points thanks chiefly to Boulder resident James Carney, who was fifth. "Maybe I’m not completely over the hill yet," quipped Carney, who is not. Ryan Hall, that 2:04:58 marathon guy, placed seventh.  "I'm just learning to enjoy the ride a little bit more," noted Hall, who's trying a variety of distances and venues and doesn't really have much to worry about as a competitor until the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in January. "How often do we get to finish in front of this (crowd)? It's amazing. It's like the Olympics. What I love about this crowd is that they react to every single person coming across the line," Hall observed. "We are just punishing ourselves on the roads, and you get here and it's a nice breath of air." More and More [...]

  10. [...] Ethiopia's  Belete Assefa and Solomon Gonfa were first and second in the men's race but Ethiopia's third man was so far back that they managed to defeat Kenya by just one point, 12 to 13. The American men were bronze medalists in third with 24 points thanks chiefly to Boulder resident James Carney, who was fifth. "Maybe I’m not completely over the hill yet," quipped Carney, who is not. Ryan Hall, that 2:04:58 marathon guy, placed seventh.  "I'm just learning to enjoy the ride a little bit more," noted Hall, who's trying a variety of distances and venues and doesn't really have much to worry about as a competitor until the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in January. "How often do we get to finish in front of this (crowd)? It's amazing. It's like the Olympics. What I love about this crowd is that they react to every single person coming across the line," Hall observed. "We are just punishing ourselves on the roads, and you get here and it's a nice breath of air." More and More [...]

  11. [...] Ethiopia's  Belete Assefa and Solomon Gonfa were first and second in the men's race but Ethiopia's third man was so far back that they managed to defeat Kenya by just one point, 12 to 13. The American men were bronze medalists in third with 24 points thanks chiefly to Boulder resident James Carney, who was fifth. "Maybe I’m not completely over the hill yet," quipped Carney, who is not. Ryan Hall, that 2:04:58 marathon guy, placed seventh.  "I'm just learning to enjoy the ride a little bit more," noted Hall, who's trying a variety of distances and venues and doesn't really have much to worry about as a competitor until the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in January. "How often do we get to finish in front of this (crowd)? It's amazing. It's like the Olympics. What I love about this crowd is that they react to every single person coming across the line," Hall observed. "We are just punishing ourselves on the roads, and you get here and it's a nice breath of air." More and More [...]