Boston Marathon 2009-Women's update 01, by Larry Eder



The women's first five kilometers is very, very slow. Hitting the mile in 6:28, two miles in 12:29, three miles in 18:22, and 5k in 18:59. The projected finish is 2:40:12. Realize that the party will get hot, but right now, Kara Goucher is in second row, Elva Dryer and Colleen de Reuck are leading. Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia, Dire Tune of Ethiopia, Mary Akor of US, a prolific US marathoner and Elfenesh Alemu of Ethiopia are all in the pack. Four miles hit in 24:07. Very tactical now.

This race plays into Goucher's hands, but we shall see how long the big pack stays together.

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