Komon Slows After Running First Two Miles Both in 4:18; American Meb Keflezighi Returns To Racing and Finishes 9th (28:57)
By David Monti, with additional repoting by LetsRun.com.
(c) 2013 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved
NEW YORK (11-May) – After a furious start, Kenya’s Leonard Patrick Komon‘s attempt to break his own UAE Healthy Kidney 10-K record here this morning fizzled, and the world record holder had to settle for his second victory in three years, clocking 27:58. Race organizers had put up a USD 30,000 bonus for the winner had he broken Komon’s 2011 record of 27:35.
Komon, who holds the world records for both 10-K and 15-K on the road, ran both of the first two miles in 4:18, immediately breaking open the race, and was alone through 5-K in 13:40 with a seven-second lead over his primary chaser, Uganda’s Moses Kipsiro, the three-time world cross medallist who was 4th i the 5000 at the 2008 Olympic and 2009 World champs.
“Like a bullet,” Kipsiro said of Komon’s opening mile.
But the soaking humidity, wet streets from earlier rains, and Central Parks’ challenging hills began to take their toll on the Kenyan. He slowed significantly in the second half, splitting the course’s certified 8-K mark in 22:18, then working hard in the uphill final two kilometers just to maintain his lead. He crossed the finish line with a four-second advantage and collected the $25,000 first prize award, the largest of any 10-K in the world.
“I will get the record next year,” Komon said after event sponsors, the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, said that they would raise the course record bonus to $50,000 for next year’s 10th edition of the race.
Behind Komon, Kipsiro and former NCAA standout Stephen Sambu of Kenya sprinted for second place. Both men were credited with a 28:02 finish time, but Kipsiro was clearly in front of Sambu who appeared to ease up just before the line. Ethiopia’s 13:00/60:19 man Abera Kuma (28:18) and Australia’s Collis Birmingham (28:29), who was 8th at world cross country earlier this year, rounded out the top-5.
LetsRun.com additions: 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Edwin Soi, who ran 12:55 last year for 5000, was 6th (28:37).
American Meb Keflezighi returned to racing for the first time we think since his 4th place finish at the London Marathon. Keflezighi, who missed last months Boston marathon due to injury, was 9th in 28:57. Top American honors went to Ayale Feisa in 8th (28:53).
Showing how deep the field was Aussie Ben St. Lawrence, who won the Payton Jordan 10,000 at Stanford a few weeks ago in 27:37, was just 10th in 29:00.
Top 25 Results Below
|Last Name||First Name||Sex/|
|Komon||Leonard Patrick||M25||1||NIKE||Eldoret||–||Kenya||1||1||1||0:27:58||0:13:39||04:31||0:27:58||3||96.04 %|
|Kuma||Abera||M22||4||NIKE||Addis Ababa||–||Ethiopia||4||4||2||0:28:18||0:13:52||04:34||0:28:18||6||94.91 %|
|Korir||Leonard||M26||5||NIKE||Colorado Springs||CO||Kenya||7||7||5||0:28:44||0:14:09||04:38||0:28:44||10||93.46 %|
|Feisa||Ayele||M25||636||AODF||New York||NY||United States||8||8||6||0:28:53||0:14:09||04:40||0:28:53||12||92.96 %|
|Keflezighi||Meb||M38||7||SKE||Mammoth Lakes||CA||United States||9||9||1||0:28:57||0:14:09||04:40||0:27:46||2||96.70 %|
|St Lawrence||Ben||M31||6||NEWB||Centennial Park||–||Australia||10||10||1||0:29:00||0:14:09||04:41||0:28:51||11||93.08 %|
|Ngetich||Eliud||M19||61||New York||NY||Kenya||11||11||1||0:29:16||0:14:13||04:43||0:28:40||9||93.71 %|
|Mack||Bobby||M28||9||REEB||Raleigh||NC||United States||13||13||7||0:29:45||0:14:28||04:48||0:29:45||14||90.26 %|
|Assefa Dube||Tesfaye||M29||16||WSX||New York||NY||Ethiopia||14||14||8||0:29:53||0:14:28||04:49||0:29:51||15||89.97 %|
|Girma||Tesfaye||M30||11||WSX||New York||NY||Ethiopia||15||15||2||0:30:25||0:14:45||04:54||0:30:21||17||88.50 %|
|Grey||Jon||M25||21||TMIN||Minneapolis||MN||United States||16||16||9||0:30:35||0:15:05||04:56||0:30:35||18||87.80 %|
|Thompson||Christian||M24||18||NJNY||Elkins Park||PA||United States||17||17||4||0:30:39||0:15:22||04:57||0:30:39||19||87.61 %|
|Jefferson||Fidele||M35||68||WSX||Flagstaff||AZ||United States||18||18||2||0:30:45||0:14:53||04:58||0:30:06||16||89.22 %|
|Wendimu Genbere||Mulugeta||M27||17||WSX||Silver Spring||MD||Ethiopia||19||19||10||0:30:55||0:14:48||04:59||0:30:55||20||86.89 %|
|Tesfaye Kahsay||Mikael||M26||89||WSX||Bronx||NY||Ethiopia||20||20||11||0:31:18||0:15:11||05:03||0:31:18||21||85.82 %|
|Bokan||Tariku Aboset||M31||58||WSX||Washington||DC||Ethiopia||21||21||3||0:31:27||0:15:21||05:04||0:31:18||22||85.80 %|
|Saunders||David||M28||84||ATLA||New York||NY||United States||22||22||12||0:32:37||0:16:00||05:16||0:32:37||24||82.34 %|
|Bartlett||Peter||M26||56||New York||NY||United States||23||23||13||0:32:57||0:16:21||05:19||0:32:57||28||81.52 %|
|Lhuissier||Francois||M34||378||CPTC||New York||NY||France||24||24||4||0:33:16||0:16:14||05:22||0:32:44||27||82.03 %|
|Pinter||Daniel||M26||474||New York||NY||United States||25||25||14||0:33:25||0:16:21||05:23||0:33:25||32||80.36 %|