Ndereba Times Two
A familiar name took both titles in the Asics British London 10K earlier today in London. But it was in the menâ€™s race as well as the womenâ€™s as newcomer Cyrus Ndereba shared the winnerâ€™s honors with his older, more famous sister Catherine. Running his first race outside Kenya, the 27-year-old ran easy, finishing 2 minutes ahead of the next finisher, gliding over the finish line in 30:19. It was only some strong gusting winds on the way back that slowed his pace. It was his first outing in a road 10K. Heâ€™d finished 7th at the Kenya Armed Forces 10,000 in May in 29:15 at altitude.
The ladies race had the star power, featuring 2008 gold and silver Olympic medalists Constantina Dita and Catherine Ndereba. The 2 ran together through the architectural splendor of the city of London for the first 4 kilometers, when the reigning IAAF World Marathon Champion pulled away to keep the race title a family affair. Ndereba repeated her 2002 Asics British London 10km victory, running a comfortable 33:54, finishing 7th overall. In fact the top 3 ladies made it into thetop 11, of a race that featured 27,400 entrants. The surprise second-place finisher was running her first road 10K…British duathlete Kat Grimmett. Ndereba looks to her next conquest at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race in Bogota on August 2nd.
1 Cyrus Ndereba-KEN 30:19
2 Ryan McKinlay-ENG 32:06
3 – Luca Tassarotti-ITA 32:15
1 Catherine Ndereba-KEN 33:54
2 Kat Grimmett-ENG 34:19
3 Constantina Dita-ROM 34:30
Special thanks to Victah Sailer, Photorun.net for story and photos.
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