Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Chepkurui Again Top 5 at World Cross, Dominates Crescent City

Lineth ChepkuruiLineth Chepkurui once again found herself among the best of the best, when the results came in at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. After taking fourth in 2009, the native of Bomet, Kenya came fifth in Poland in 2010, the third scorer on the title-winning Kenyan team. Leading the field through the two initial two-kilometer loops, Chepkurui fell back on the penultimate circuit, but held on for a strong fifth-place result in 24:40, just two-seconds behind the most decorated female distance runner on the planet, in Tirunesh Dibaba.

A good week’s work for most, but Chepkurui bounced back from World Cross to cross the Atlantic and defend her title as Crescent City Classic Champion in impressive fashion, just six days later. Breaking away from the women’s field in the second mile, Chepkurui would cross the line 35-ticks ahead of the second- and third-place finishers.  Local news outlet the Times-Picayune described the race thusly: “Domination took place.” Her 30:43 was 1:41 faster than her winning time from 2009, and augers good things for the rest of 2010.  Perhaps even more impressive, Chepkurui was 16th among all starters, beating numerous strong male competitors.

Further details from the Times-Picayune available here.

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