Worlds 7: Women’s distance

It may not have happened at exactly the same time yesterday, but while I was off working the local Women’s 4 Miler (results), half a globe and 13 hours away, women at the worlds were racing through international events. Meseret Defar (ETH) ran 14:57.91 to take first in the 5000 over Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN; 14:58.50) and Priscah Jepleting Cherono (KEN; 14:59.21). Hooray for Jennifer Rhines (USA; 7th in 15:03.09) and Shalane Flanagan (USA; 8th in 15:03.86) who were in the pack until the end. According to Parker’s account, the race came down to who had the speed at the end:

And what happened was what always happens in these finals: it was a finishing-speed contest, and the Africans had it. When your PR is 14:2x, you reach the last lap of a 14:58 race feeling pretty fresh. When your PR is 14:44, you’re already pretty close to the red line.

Then, this morning over there, the women ran the marathon. As if anyone could run her down, Catherine Ndereba took the top spot, adding that to her 1st and 2nd places in the previous two worlds. Parker commented on the US women in the race and the medal-winning finish for Reiko Tosa. The top ten:

Bib Athlete Country Time
1 12 Catherine Ndereba KEN 2:30:37
2 1 Chunxiu Zhou CHN 2:30:45
3 8 Reiko Tosa JPN 2:30:55
4 18 Xiaolin Zhu CHN 2:31:21
5 37 Lidia Simon ROM 2:31:26
6 21 Kiyoko Shimahara JPN 2:31:40
7 6 Rita Jeptoo Sitienei KEN 2:32:03
8 34 Edith Masai KEN 2:32:22
9 15 Mara Yamauchi GBR 2:32:55
10 31 Lyubov Morgunova RUS 2:33:41

IAAF coverage of Ms. Defar’s win and news story about Ms. Ndereba’s win.

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