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Rupp, Flanagan place 7th in Daegu

Rhines and Flanagan in Daegu

Rhines and Flanagan in Daegu

DAEGU, Korea – (Aug 27 – Aug 28, 2011) – In the first final at the 13th IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Daegu on Saturday morning, the Kenyan women made history in the marathon as they finished 1-2-3 with Edna Kiplagat winning the gold medal in 2 hours, 28 minutes, 43 seconds, followed by countrywomen, Priscah Jeptoo (2:29:00) and Sharon Cherop (2:29:14). see – Historic sweep by Kenyan women

For Team USA, Tera Moody (Colorado Springs, Colo.) ran her second fastest marathon to finish 17th in 2:32:04 as first American.

Women’s 10,000m – August 27
In Daegu Stadium on Saturday night, the Kenyan women were again dominant as they swept the podium with the first 1-2-3-4 10,000m finish in the history of the World Championships. There have been 1-2-3 sweeps by Ethiopia on two occasions – 2001 and 2005 – but never 1-4, either men or women. Vivian Cheruiyot, 27, led the Kenyan contingent to the historic sweep in 30:48.98, a personal record, and all four Kenyan women finished under 31 minutes – also Sally Kipyego (30:50.04), defending champion Linet Masai (30:53.59) and Priscah Cherono (30:56.43, PR).

2008 Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan (Portland, Ore.) led the women’s 10,000m for the first two miles with Jen Rhines (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) trailing in the second position. However, the American duo was unable to hold their positions after two miles into the race and began to fall further back in the pack.

Flanagan, 30, finished seventh in 31:25.57, improving her placing from the 2009 World Championships by seven places, and dropped nearly seven seconds from her time as well. Three-time Olympian Rhines finished 9th in 31:47.59, while Kara Goucher (Portland, Ore.), who is coming back from a hip injury, finished 13th (32:29.58).

Men’s 10,000m – August 28
In Daegu Stadium on Sunday night, Galen Rupp (Portland, Ore.) put himself in good position throughout the 25-lap race. The three-time U.S. champion was mid-pack early on, with teammates Matt Tegenkamp (Portland, Ore.) and Scott Bauhs (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) near the back.

A quickening pace left a lead pack of eight men with eight laps to go. Rupp, 25, ran relaxed near the back of that pack and moved to fifth with seven laps left. Also in the pack were Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea, Imane Merga, Ibrahim Jeilan and Sileshi Sihine of Ethiopia, favorite Mo Farah of Great Britain and Martin Mathathi and Peter Kirui of Kenya. Four-time 10,000m world champion Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia did not finish (dropping out at 6K).

When the pack started to move with 600m left, Rupp could not respond. Farah took the lead and began his kick with 400m left, but Jeilan, just 22, caught him in the final strides for the upset gold medal in 27:13.81. Farah was runner-up in 27:14.07 and Merga was the bronze medalist in 27:19.14. Rupp finished in a season-best time of 27:26.84 for seventh, improving by one place on his finish at the 2009 World Championships. Tegenkamp was 10th in 28:41.62 and Bauhs 14th in 29:03.92.

13th IAAF World Track & Field Championships
Daegu, KOR, Sat-Sun, Aug 27-Aug 28, 2011

Women’s Marathon
Saturday, August 27

1) Edna Kiplagat (KEN), 2:28:43, $60,000
2) Priscah Jeptoo (KEN), 2:29:00, $30,000
3) Sharon Cherop (KEN), 2:29:14, $20,000
4) Bezunesh Bekele (ETH), 2:29:21, $15,000
5) Yukiko Akaba (JPN), 2:29:35, $10,000
6) Xiaolin Zhu (CHN), 2:29:58, $6000
7) Isabellah Andersson (SWE), 2:30:13, $5000
8) Jiali Wang (CHN), 2:30:25, $4000
9) Marisa Barros (POR) 2:30:29
10) Remi Nakazato (JPN), 2:30:52
17) Tera Moody (USA), 2:32:04
30) Kathy Newberry (USA), 2:37:28
32) Alisa McKaig (USA), 2:38:23
38) Colleen De Reuck (USA), 2:44:35
40) Zoila Gómez (USA), 2:46:44
46 finishers

Women’s 10,000m Final
Saturday, August 27

1) Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN), 30:48.98, $60,000
2) Sally Kipyego (KEN), 30:50.04, $30,000
3) Linet Masai (KEN), 30:53.59, $20,000
4) Priscah Cherono (KEN), 30:56.43, $15,000
5) Meselech Melkamu (ETH), 30:56.55, $10,000
6) Shitaye Eshete (BRN), 31:21.57, $6000
7) Shalane Flanagan (USA), 31:25.57, $5000
8) Ana Dulce Félix (POR), 31:37.03, $4000
9) Jen Rhines (USA), 31:47.59
10) Jessica Augusto (POR), 32:06.68
Other U.S.
13) Kara Goucher (USA), 32:29.58

Men’s 10,000m Final
Sunday, August 28

1) Ibrahim Jeilan (ETH), 27:13.81, $60,000
2) Mo Farah (GBR), 27:14.07, $30,000
3) Imane Merga (ETH), 27:19.14, $20,000
4) Zersenay Tadese (ERI), 27:22.57, $15,000
5) Martin Mathathi (KEN), 27:23.87, $10,000
6) Peter Kirui (KEN), 27:25.63, $6000
7) Galen Rupp (USA), 27:26.84, $5000
8) Sileshi Sihine (ETH), 27:34.11, $4000
9) Paul Tanui (KEN), 27:54.03
10) Matt Tegenkamp (USA), 28:41.62
Other U.S.
14) Scott Bauhs (USA), 29:03.92