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Meseret Defar Runs to Repeat Victory at 22nd Annual Carlsbad 5000 as Henry Rono Steals The Show
Note: All of the photos are courtesy Victor Sailor of photorun.net. We thank him greatly for them.
In 2006, Defar broke the world record at Carlsbad, shattering the previous record by five seconds when she ran 14:46. She had hoped to run 14:00 this year.
"I felt good, I felt strong," Defar said of her performance Sunday. "Sometimes, it's just like this."
According to the men's winner, racing conditions were "perfect."
"I liked the course," said Ndirango. "After mile two, I knew I would win the race."
American Jen Rhines, 32, finished second (15:21), in front of Ethiopian Aheza Kiros, who was third in 15:25.
"The course lived up to everything I'd heard," Rhines said of her debut at the Carlsbad 5000. "I wanted to go out fast in the first mile and keep Meseret as close as possible."
Henry Rono, 55, marked his return to racing as he placed second in his age division (55-59) in a time of 17:48.
"This was a very uplifting experience," Rono said as the spoke with reporters at the finish line and received congratulations from fellow racers. "I let my body lead me. It is good to be back."
A husband and wife team, Dennis and Michelle Simonaitis, from Draper, Utah claimed the top spots in both the men's and women's masters races, finishing in 14:55 and 17:03 respectively.
Edwin Figueroa, 35, of Los Angeles won the men's wheelchair race in a time of 12:47.
Top Results With Prize Money Breakdown Appear Below
Top 10 Women's Professional Elite Results
1) Meseret Defar, 23, Ethiopia, 15:01, $5,000
1) Simon Ndirangu, 26, Kenya, 13:28, $5,000
Men's Masters (Age 40 and over)
Women's Masters (Age 40 and over)