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Flanagan beats Sambu to win the Falmouth Road Race

It was an entertaining finish when the three men battled for the finish that included several fist pumps.

University of Michigan standout Ben Flanagan took down a stacked field of elite athletes to take the top honors at the Falmouth Road Race that was held on Sunday (19) in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

Northern Arizona Elite’s Scott Fauble and Kenya’s Stephen Sambu battled with Flanagan with a little more than a mile remaining in the race, but Fauble made his way to the front and led the pack that was narrowed down to six men—Sambu, Olympian Leonard Korir, Haron Lagat, Flanagan, Fauble, and Martin Hehir. The final mile of the race ended with a thrilling kick from the 23-year-old who managed to beat a group that included seasoned road racing champions and an Olympic finalist to cut the tape in 32:21.

“It’s unbelievable, honestly. It’s been a season with a lot of new experiences for me. I’ve found myself at these events that I could only really have dreamed of competing at,” Flanagan told race organizers after the race. “The attitude has been there’s no specific expectation. I know what I’m capable of doing, but there’s nothing to lose coming into these races.”

Fauble crossed the line in second place in 32:23,with Korir closing the podium three in 32:28.

Defending champion Stephen Sambu crossed the line a distant fourth in 32:32.

After crossing the three-mile split in 13:58, Sambu attempted to drop the rest of the field with a surge, but the top pack remained close behind. By the five mile mark, Sambu led a large group of 10 competitors.

Flanagan earned $15,000 in prize money, which he said would be used to pay for his final semester of college at Michigan.

Caroline Chepkoech equals Lornah Kiplagat record as she lifts Falmouth Road Race title

Kenya’s Caroline Chepkoech breezed to her third-straight victory in the New Balance Falmouth Road Race that was held on Sunday (19) in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

The 24-year-old displayed a quiet confidence at the road race’s media event on Friday, August 17, only offering that she “felt good” before letting out a wry smile to the crowd at the Casino Wharf in Falmouth Heights.

After staying in the pack throughout the first three miles—easily the hilliest portion of the course—to cut down on wind resistance, Chepkoech pulled away over the final four miles. A few-foot lead quickly turned into a few hundred yards. Her closest competition, Margaret Wangari also from Kenya, faded in the distance behind every turn.

Chepkoech joined fellow Kenyan Lornah Kiplagat (2000-2002) as the only women to win the road race in three straight years when she cut the tape in 35:48, 46 seconds behind Kiplagat’s course record of 35:02, which was set in 2000, and nearly a minute ahead of Wangari  who crossed the line in 36:43.

“I’m very happy for winning this race. I’m so happy,” Chepkoech said following her win. “I want to say thank you to my family, my husband and all my teammates. Thank you so much.”

Another Kenyan Mary Wacera, closed the first podium three finishes in 37:17.

Chepkoech pocketed a cool $10,000 first-place prize and narrowly missed out on the bonus $5,000 from The Countdown, awarded to the top elite runner, male or female.