Kenya’s Mary Keitany of Kenya lowered her course record to win for a second straight year at the 20th edtion of the TD Beacon 10K that will be held on Saturday (5) in Cape Elizabeth, Maine in United States.
Keitany crossed the line in 30:41 to glide to victory in dominating fashion against a strong field, shaving four seconds off her 2016 record time. Purity Rionoripo of Kenya took 31:00 to finished second and Meseret Defar of Ethiopia of 31:14 placed third.
Decorated U.S. distance runner Shalane Flanagan crossed the line with 31:15 winning the American-only category and placed fourth overall, setting a new American course record.
The 35year-old, ran with the lead pack for the first half of the race before pulling away over the final two or so miles, finding a gear that her competitors just didn’t have. It’s been that way for the past year for Keitany, who’s been setting records and dominating fields everywhere she goes, including a new world record at the London Marathon (2:17:01) for an all-women’s race.
Diane Nukuri, 33, a three-time Olympian for Burundi, placed a strong fifth (32:10), her fifth top-10 finish at the TD Beach to Beacon. Ethiopian Ayalew, 30, also running for her fifth time, took sixth (32:28), while Joyce Chepkirui of Kenya, winner of the 2013 TD Beach to Beacon and considered among the favorites, sustained an injury early on and did not finish.
1.Mary Keitany (KEN) 30:41
2.Purity Rionoripo (KEN) 31:00
3.Meseret Defar (ETH) 31:14
4.Shalane Flanagan (USA) 31:15
5.Diane Nukuri (BRD) 32:15