2011 NYC Half Marathon: Mo Farah & Caroline Rotich Win! , by Alfons Juck,note by Larry Eder

Farah_Mo-NYChalf11.JPG Mo Farah, 2011 NYC Half Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mo Farah won the NYCM Half marathon today. Running a new national record, Farah, the new European indoor Champion and summer European 5,000m/10,000m gold medalist, ran 1:00.23 to win from an excellent field. His victory was hard won, requiring a tough sprint to gain two seconds over Gebremariam.  In second place, Gebre Gebremariam, the 2010 ING NYCM champion, ran 1:00.25 and Galen Rupp, Farah's training partner, ran 1:00.30 for third place. 

Rupp_Galen-NYChalf11.JPGGalen Rupp, 2011 NYC Half Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ireland's Alistair Cragg set a national record in sixth place, running 1:00.49. Meb Keflizighi, 2009 ING NYCM champion, was fifteenth in 1:02.24. Notably, in 21rst, was Ryan Hall, who ran 1:03.53.

As many know, Mr. Hall  changed training sites, moving from Terrance Mahon and the Mammoth TC, to managing his own coaching ( he did list, for the record, "Jesus", as his coach, in a form required by USADA, the US drug agency, at the recent Aramco Houston Marathon).

Hall, in an interview with RBR at the USA Half marathon championships, did speak about how he has added more rest to his training, and also cited using prayer as part of his discernment process for determining the correct training methods for his personal success. Changes in training take a lot of time to gauge, we wish Ryan the best as he trains for the 2011 BAA Boston marathon.


Rotich_Caroline1-NYChalf11.JPGCaroline Rotich, 2011 NYCM Half marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Caroline Rotich was the top women, running 1:08.52. Edna Kiplagat, the 2010 Honda LA marathon winner and 2010 ING NYCM marathon winner,  ran 1:09:00, her personal best.

Goucher_Kara-NYChalf11.JPGKara Goucher, 2011 NYCM Half marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kara Goucher, 2007 WC bronze medalist at 10,000 meters, less than six months after the birth of her son, Colt, ran 1:09.03 (two months ago, she had run a 1:14 half marathon), for third. Jo Pavey of Great Britain ran 1:09.33 for sixth place, with Jessica August, the Euro 10,000m champion, who ran 1:10:00, for seventh place.

Rotich-FarahFL-NYChalf11.JPG Caroline Rotich & Mo Farah, 2011 NYC Half marathon winners, photo by PhotoRun.net

Pretty obvious that the Oregon Training Project continues to work, and that both Mo Farah and Galen Rupp are thriving. Fascinated to watch Kara Goucher at Boston (also Dez Davila), as she is rounding into shape. Alberto Salazar is doing it, as one might call, " old school"--for distance runners to get better, they need to race! Most importantly, Salazar has found a system that works for his team.

Rupp-FarahFL-NYChalf11.JPGGalen Rupp & Mo Farah, 2011 NYC Half Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Farah and Rupp ran together for much of the race, with Rupp having a fall just past 15 kilometers. Mo Farah, in his longest road race of his career showed the presence of mind and a kick only developed from racing on the track. He won this race, giving it his all....

  Thumbnail image for Farah_MoFV_NYCH11.JpgMo Farah wins 2011 NYC Half Marathon,
photo by PhotoRun.net.

Farah debuts with UK record

NEW YORK (USA, Mar 20): Excellent half-marathon debut for double European track champion and fresh European indoor champion Mo Farah at New York City Half Marathon. The UK representative clocked 1:00:23, new national record and European leading of the 2011. In close finish second former World CC Champion Gebre Gebremariam (1:00:25) ahead of another debuting runner Galen Rupp (1:00:30). Ireland´s Alistair Cragg was 6th in national record 1:00:49. Also to note the 15th place of Meb Keflezighi (1:02:24) and 21st position of Ryan Hall (1:03:53).

Rotich_CarolineFH_NYCH11.JpgCaroline Rotich wins 2011 NYC Half Marathon,
photo by PhotoRun.net.

Last year NYC Marathon 8th placer Caroline Rotich of Kenya was the best woman in personal best and course record 1:08:52. Second place for last year LA Marathon winner Edna Kiplagat (1:09:00, PB) and third returning after birth of her son last September US world medalist Kara Goucher in 1:09:03. Jo Pavey of Great Britain was the best European as 6th in 1:09:33 ahead of Jessica Augusto of Portugal (7th, 1:10:00) and Russian Olesya Syreva (8th, 1:10:18).

Farah_MoFL-NYChalf11.JPGMo Farah, 2011 NYC Half Marathon Champion, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rupp_GalenFL-NYChalf11.JPG Galen Rupp, 3rd place, 2011 NYC Half marathon,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Jackman_Hugh-NYChalf11.JPGHugh Jackman, actor, supporting Shoes 4 Africa,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Kara Goucher, Adam Goucher, Colt Goucher,
photo by PhotoRun.net

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