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Wacera lifts B.A.A. 10K Race title

Kenya’s Mary Wacera took top honors at t5he 8th edition of the B.A.A. 10K race that was held on Sunday (24) in Boston.

The 29 year-old faced one of the strongest fields in its eight-year history, bringing together Boston Marathon champions, Olympians, and global medalists on the roads of Boston.

Des Linden returns to the roads of Boston for her B.A.A. 10K debut. Linden became the first American woman since 1985 to win the open division at the Boston Marathon. A two-time Olympian, Linden will look to become the first woman to win both the Boston Marathon and the B.A.A. 10K in the same year since 2011. In addition to Linden, Buzunesh Deba, and Caroline Rotich and 2018 Paris Marathon women champion Betsy Saina was also on start line up.

Other notable figures are Ethiopians Mamitu Daska, two-time B.A.A. 5K winner Buze Diriba were also aiming for a first B.A.A. 10K crown.

Olympic silver medalist Sally Kipyego, and road racing ace Lineth Chepkurui were also on the battle front.

Wacera maintained her calm as she also faced stiff challenge but manage to give a powerful kick that enabled her her to out run Rotich cutting the tape in 31:55 with Rotcih crossing the line two seconds later to take second place.

Ethiopian Daska closed the top three podium finish in 31:59.

Diriba and Monicah Ngige took fourth and fifth place in 32:09 and 32:30.

Saina and Kipyego finished distant seventh and tenth place in 33:06 and 34:31

LEADING RESULTS
WOMEN

  1. Mary Wacera      (KEN) 31:55
  2. Caroline Rotich  (KEN) 31:57
  3. Mamitu Daska    (ETH) 31:59
  4. Buze Diriba        (ETH) 32:09
  5. Monicah Ngige   (KEN) 32:30

 

Kirui and Rupp renew Boston Marathon duel

U.S. Olympic bronze medallist Galen Rupp lost to Kirui by 21 seconds in the 2017 race and is back while New York City Marathon champion – and home state favourite – Shalane Flanagan headlines a group of four top U.S. women’s contenders.

Rain and temperatures in the 50s (13 C) after an icy weekend are forecast, making for a messy race day.

That could be a factor, especially for the African athletes.

No American man has won in Boston since 1983, and Kirui, former champions Lelisa Desisa and Lemi Berhanu of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Tamirat Tola, the fastest in the field at 2:04.06, and Kenyan dark horse Nobert Kigen are aiming to keep it that way.

Yet many believe Chicago Marathon winner Rupp will have a say.

“Galen will definitely be much harder to beat than last year, regardless of how the race plays out,” Alberto Salazar, his coach and a former Boston champion, told reporters.

“But Kirui or the others may also be in better shape than last year, so it’s impossible to predict.”

The final few miles proved costly in 2017 to Rupp, who admitted afterwards: “I just did not have it over those last three or four miles.”

Kirui, 25, backed up his Boston win, his first victory in a marathon, by taking the 2017 world championship title. He carries a personal best of 2:06:27 to Rupp’s 2:09:20.

The U.S. women’s drought at Boston stretches back to 1985.

Flanagan, Jordan Hasay, Molly Huddle and Desi Linden will try to change that against an international field that may not be as strong as in past years.

Flanagan, 36, who grew up in Massachusetts, is the sentimental favourite, with Hasay holding the best Boston finish.

The 26-year-old made it to the podium in 2017, finishing third at both Boston and Chicago. The Boston race was her marathon debut.

Linden and Huddle are both experienced marathoners with Linden fourth in Boston in 2017 and Huddle third in the 2016 New York City Marathon.

Kiplagat, the Kenyan mother of five who is now 38, returns to defend her title after finishing second in the world championships and fourth in New York City in 2017.

Aselefech Mergia, a former London winner, and fellow Ethiopian Mamitu Daska, who was third in New York last year, could be Kiplagat’s biggest international challengers along with former Boston winners Buzunesh Deba (Ethiopia) and Caroline Rotich (Kenya).