Boston Marathon Champ
April 19, 2011 by USA Post
Boston Marathon Champ, They came through the middle of a package of nine, 70 seconds behind. By the time they reach the “One Mile to Go” sign in Kenmore Square, they were in a tug of war for the crown of laurel. One could pull the rope and the other would fail. Then the reverse. Finally be leaving the other on the dividing line between the first and the second between winning and … win?
In the end, Caroline Kilel of Kenya runs a final tug, unanswered about 100 meters to go, breaking the tape in 2:22:36 to win the 115th Boston Marathon. Only two seconds behind just announced Desiree Davila crossed the line in 2:22:38. “I’m very happy because I won this Boston,” said Kilel, a veteran of 30 years of age, whose time was a personal best and the fourth fastest in history run on this course. “Maybe if you invite me next year I’ll be here again.”
Finishing third was Sharon Cherop of Kenya in 2:22:42. American Kara Goucher, returning to give birth makes 6 1 / 2 months, was fifth in 2:24:52, a personal best in just over a minute. In fact, most of the 10 women ran personal bests on a day that offered ideal conditions in the field from point to point: 49 degrees with a tailwind of 21 mph in the beginning.
Winning the women’s masters division was Larisa Zyusko, 41, of Moscow, in 2:34:22. Joan Samuelson, running Boston for the first time in 18 years, posted a time of 2:51:29, running with the first wave of the masses.
It was the fourth consecutive year that the women’s race the Boston Marathon was a thriller decided by three seconds or less. But for the first time in memory, was an American who was only two-clock ticks victory, and I do not think the crowds lining the course will not be realized.
“It was the most incredible experience of my career,” said Davila, whose 2:22:38 is the fastest time ever by an American this year, making it the third fastest woman in American history, and continues his streak run a personal best in each marathon he enters. “The last six miles of the race, was USA! USA!”
The first 15 kilometers of the race, however, were all of New Zealand, by way of Providence, Rhode Island Kim Smith, the NCAA champion four times in Providence College, which finished ninth in the 10,000 meters at the Olympic Games 2008, came to Boston in the best shape of his life, and had been saying for days that he planned to go for it. She was not kidding, gauze and the sound of the gun and immediately setting up a 20 meter lead on the pack.
For 5 kilometers was 30 seconds ahead – your forty-one past four p.m. divide faster than 5K Margaret Okayo of when he set the course record – and enjoy one of the ordinary on a Sunday March, but rarely seen in this Monday in April. Around this time, the pack began to get nervous about whether to give chase, but quickly established.
“I felt like I was going to get swayed,” Davila said.
By the way, Smith had built their lead to 70 seconds, and looked strong when, inexplicably, his left leg buckled. She staggered, correcting herself, only to stumble again. For several miles, the 29-year-old Kiwi tried to alter its path, fighting leg cramps and pain in his heart. I had never been so fit, and now it was all a waste.
“I felt good until the end,” he said later, beaten and fighting back tears. “I felt good when I stopped. I got to the point where they could not physically do it anymore.”
By Mile 18, a package of four trapped. Smith retired soon after.
Those four – Kilel, Cherop, Alice Timbilili and 2008 Boston Marathon champion Dire Tune – had barely begun to settle in when an unexpected guest started pulling to the eye, and soon Davila not only join them, but decide to host Party at the head and pushing the pace.
At 20 kilometers, near the top of Heartbreak Hill, Tune dropped. Timbilili now began to work, and soon the pack was reduced to three. Davila, who is called to a pure marathon runner, but still has the speed to make the World Championship team indoor 3000 meters last year, seemed to take control.
Just after Coolidge Corner, with about two miles to go, the trio hit a slight incline and went Kilel. Davila appeared he was about to meet the same fate as Tune and Timbilili, but she missed a fluid station and without fear, trapped, and then press the pace once again. The process was repeated.
“I was really trying to keep in touch,” he said. “I do not want anyone to solve, so it was a back and forth every time the beat is soft.”
Then, rounding the back in Hereford Street – only where Goucher lost contact two years ago – Davila made a decisive move, brainstorming around the corner. At the next turn, in Boylston, Kilel had done the same with her. Davila is nothing?
She did. With about 500 meters to go, Davila took the initiative and encouraging wild crowd the finish line had reason to believe that the Boston Marathon have its first female winner of America since 1985.
“The last 800 meters, my legs were fried,” Davila said. “I was thinking, keep in touch, keep in touch. You’re still negotiating with yourself, I’m happy, this is good, but no, I worked very hard fckng.”
But an increase by Kilel last with 250 meters remaining put the laurel wreath on the head of Kenya’s brave. In a February interview, Davila – who trains with the Hanson-Brooks Distance Project in Rochester Hills, Michigan, was asked if it bothered her that she continued to fly under the radar despite the achievements that included a 2:26 marathon 20 in the Bank of New York, the Chicago Marathon last fall that made it the # 1 U.S. marathoner year. By contrast, she said: “I like to surprise people.”
Not likely again. In the tug of war with Kilel, the dividing line between winning and actually fell … win.
Going from end to end, the four-time defending champion wheelchair Wakako Tsuchida of Japan is the fifth in a row when they crushed the field, setting a world record with her winning time of 1:30:21.
“Definitely do not want to look back once,” said the 36-year-old, who was competing here for the seventh time and has become a favorite with his ever-present smile.
Aided by a tailwind, Tsuchida mark broke the previous world record of Jean Driscoll, 1:34:22, set in this course in 1994. It was a good stretch of races for the Japanese superstar, who won the London Marathon, Berlin and Honolulu last year. But it is also a moment of pain as his country faces the tragedy of the earthquake and tsunami, and Tsuchida said that even before the race that she hoped her performance would bring the country a little joy.
“For most of the race, the wind behind us,” said runner-up Shirley Reilly, who attends the University of Arizona and finished in 1:41:01. “Wakako obviously broke!” He finished third, American Christina Ripp, agreed. “At one point I looked up and said Shirley,” Wakako fast. I have not seen since the beginning.”’
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