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Stefano Baldini, Hilda Kibet Win 2007 British 10k London Run
by: Victah Sailer
July 1, 2007

Over 24, 000 runners took to the streets of London , where only 48 hrs earlier, some of the same streets were closed due to terrorists activities. Most of the runners were more concerned with the rain that has flooded England over the past week, as sun met the warm ups of most running the British 10km. Olympic Champion, Stefano Baldini(ITA) and Hilda Kibet(NED) ran thru the rain and wind to win their respective divisions.

Right from the startline, Stefano dashed to the lead in the 64F(18C) weather with a slight mist, manuevering thru Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square with Phil Wicks(GBR) and Simon Tanui(KEN) in tow. Along the Victoria Embankment, they followed Stefano's lead, "I really pushed the first 5km too hard, it was 14.12 thru 5k, and then I hit the wind and at 8km, it was really tough going over the Westminister Bridge". As Baldini approached Westminister Bridge, Phil Wicks ran along side and actually took a slight lead, before recrossing the bridge, Baldini put the hammer down and put a 15 gap over Wicks, which he held to the finish line, where he crossed the finish line with an Olympic Torch from the 1948 London Olympic Games.

The woman's event was an expected seesaw between World Cross Country Champion, Lornah Kipligat(NED), World Marathon Champion, Catherine Ndereba(KEN) and Kipligat's training partner, Hilda Kibet(NED). "This will be my last competition prior to the World Championships", said Lornah, just prior to the start. Kipligat ran straight to the lead as usual, and within 600m had pulled off the course with a calf injury. Hilda Kibet found herself in the lead, and led to the finishline never being challenged by Ndereba. Ndereba had suffered a slight hamstring injury back in May, causing her to start slowly in most events. Hilda passed the 5km mark in 15.55, with Catherine passing the same location 10 seconds later. Ndereba will go back to Kenya before the Sapporo Half Marathon next weekend in Japan.

*Race Photos

1.Stefano Baldini     (ITA)      29.27
2.Phil Wicks          (GBR)     29.33
3.Simon Tonui          (KEN)     30.35

1. Hilda Kibet          (NED)     32.34
2. Catherine Ndereba(KEN)    33.11
3. Banuela Katesigwa(TAN)    35.31



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