Abbabiya Simbassa has never won a USATF Running Circuit race, finishing 2nd in each of his past four races but he changed the tables at this year’s circuit as he out-kicked Augustus Maiyo at the sixth edition of the USATF 10 Mile Championships that was held on Sunday (12) in Washington.
Elkanah Kibet dropped from the lead group by mile four, Simbassa, Frank Lara, and Maiyo took turns leading the way. As packs formed behind the lead trio finding their own rhythms along the streets of Washington D.C., the trio continued to push the pace, passing through 10 km in 28:27.
Just past the 10 km split, Lara started to fall off the pace, leaving Simbassa and Maiyo running stride-for-stride with less than four miles to go.
In the final quarter mile, Simbassa used his superior speed to overpower Maiyo. With one final look over his shoulder, Simbassa keyed in on the finish line, raising his arms as he hit the tape, claiming his first USATF title in 46:18.
Maiyo finished strong and settled in second place 46:23, well ahead of the rest of the field and showing he’s in top form as he now turns his sights to competing in the Boston Marathon on October 11.
Reed Fischer overtook Lara in the final stages of the race, claiming third in 46:59 with Lara crossing the line in fourth in 47:13.
Shadrack Biwott showed he’s in tremendous shape as he readies for a fall marathon, claiming fifth overall in 47:35, holding off a late charge from Minnesota Distance Elite’s Joel Reichow , who placed sixth one second back in 47:36.
Veterans Kibet and Chris Derrick claimed seventh and eighth place overall in 47:39 and 47:42, while John Raneri and Noah Droddyrounded out the top ten in 47:43 and 47:47 respectively.