"Creeping On" Your Opponents Is Fair Game In Road Racing
When Kenya’s Silas Kipruto made a charge to the front at the straightway stretch at Hains Point, Chelanga followed inches behind. Kipruto zigzagged through the street for several yards in attempt to shake Chelanga, but it was no use. Chelanga had him where he wanted.
“It’s just a game that guys play. They don’t want somebody following them because they know you are creeping on them,” Chelanga said. “But I just thought, ‘You know what, it’s fair game. I can’t just push right now and go to the front because I’m not ready.'”
– Excerpt from a Washington Post article on Sam Chelanga becoming the first American to win the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run since now-Syracuse coach Chris Fox won it in 1990. Chelanga won in 48:26 with former Syracuse runner Martin Hehir third in 48:29.
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