Thursday, July 4, 2013

Bobby Curtis 4th in 28:42 at USA 10K Championship

Bobby Curtis ran well this morning at the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, which served as the 2013 USA 10K Championship. In the interview above, Curtis admits that the race served as something of a redemption run after the "disastrous" 10,000 meter result at USA Outdoor Nationals.  Curtis's 4th place finish here in the USA 10K championship goes along with his 2nd place finish to Ben True at the USA 15K championship on March 9th.  Here's how the 10K race today unfolded:

A tight early pack led to an exciting finish in the men’s race. Shadrack Biwott led the field out in 4:41. Between the second and the third mile, Olympian Abdi Abdirahman took the lead and started the string out the pack every so slightly, as fellow Olympian ran on his shoulder. Crossing the half way point, Abdirahman led, followed in step by Tegenkamp, Biwott, Bobby Curtis and Olympian Meb Keflezighi.

Heading into the final two miles of the race, Abdirahman and Tegenkamp slightly separated from the field, establishing themselves as the clear favorites as the finish line approached. With a mile to go Tegenkamp gapped Abdirahman by ten meters, pressing the pace and running this his first USARC title of the season, crossing the line in 28:24. Abdirahman finished second in 28:30.

Biwott finished strong, placing third in 28:35, showing he’ll be a top contender in any race the rest of the season, while Curtis finished fourth in 28:42 and USA Half Marathon Championship runner-up Keflezighi finished fifth overall in 28:53.

Men's Top 10
 1. Matt TEGENKAMP          28:25
 2. Abdihakim ABDIRAHMAN    28:33
 3. Shadrack BIWOTT         28:35
 4. Bobby CURTIS            28:42
 5. Meb KEFLEZIGHI          28:53
 6. Luke PUSKEDRA           29:03
 7. Tyler PENNEL            29:05
 8. Chris BARNICLE          29:07
 9. Jacob RILEY             29:14
10. Josphat BOIT            29:14

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