Bobby Curtis finished a strong 3rd at this morning's Healthy Kidney 10K in New York. He ran 28:36 (a full 33-second improvement over his 29:09 at this race last year), and only 9 seconds off the winner. This despite having to fight off a cramp in the 5th mile. The race represents a big breakthrough for Curtis in preparation for the US Olympic Trials, as he came home ahead of such name-brand competitors as Abdi Abdirahman, Meb Keflezighi, Ben St Lawrence, and Ryan Hall.
1. Daniele Meucci 28:27 (2x world championship 10,000 finalist) 2. Leonard Korir 28:29 (pro debut; NCAA 5000 and 10,000 meter champion) 3. Bobby Curtis 28:36 4. Tesfaye Girma 28:38 (1:00:35 half marathon PR) 5. Abdi Abdirahman 28:56 (USA marathon Olympian) 6. Ben St Lawrence 28:58 (Australian Olympian) 7. Meb Keflezighi 29:08 (USA marathon Olympian) 15. Ryan Hall 30:15 (USA marathon Olympian; NR holder)As in last year's race, Curtis was the first American finisher in the race. Here's a snipet from the LetsRun coverage:
With roughly five weeks standing between him and the Olympic trials, Curtis said he ran the race to test his fitness, and was pleased overall with his 28:37. 'I had a rough patch after the hills around mile four... I probably slowed down significantly for 1 or 2 minutes and then it went away and I was able to start catching up." As a point of reference, the fastest time on Central Park's 10k course by an American is Dathan Ritzenhein's 28:08 that won the 2007 edition of the UAE Healthy Kidney race. To secure 3rd, Curtis edged the leader for most of the race Tesfaye Girma.
The photos below are from immediately after the finish.