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Lornah Kiplagat Dominates NY Mini 10k Wins $10,000
By David Monti
(c) 2007 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved


Photo from Victah Sailer

NEW YORK (09-Jun) -- Dutchwoman Lornah Kiplagat dominated the 36th annual NYRR New York Women's Mini 10-K here today, winning for the third consecutive time and her fourth time overall.  The "Mini" is the world's oldest all women's road race founded by the New York Road Runners in 1972.

Breaking away from the field in the first kilometer, Kiplagat passed the half-way point in 15:39, 25 seconds ahead of the chase pack which included Kim Smith, Mara Yamauchi, Benita Johnson, Hilda Kibet, Silvia Skvortsova, Jelena Prokopcuka and Lydiya Grigoryeva.  Although she was slowed by the warm and humid conditions, Kiplagat still finished eight seconds clear of the field in 32:10.  She allowed herself to enjoy the victory, slowing to "high-five" spectators in the finish straight.

Smith emerged from the pack in the 8th kilometer to take second in a personal best 32:18, while Mara Yamauchi won an all-out sprint to the line against Benita Johnson to take third.  Both women were timed in 32:21.  Reigning ING New York City Marathon champion Jelena Prokopcuka finished fifth in 32:26.

Kiplagat earned $10,000 for her victory.

Top 10:
 1. Lornah Kiplagat, NED, 32:10
 2. Kim Smith, NZL, 32:18 PB
 3. Mara Yamauchi, GBR, 32:21
 4. Benita Johnson, AUS, 32:21
 5. Jelena Prokopcuka, LAT, 32:26
 6. Hilda Kibet, KEN, 32:36
 7. Megumi Oshima, JPN, 32:56
 8. Silvia Skvortsova, RUS, 33:01
 9. Yuri Kano, 28, JPN, 33:03
10. Rehima Kedir, ETH, 33:21
11. Yimenashu Taye, ETH, 33:36
12. Nina Rillstone, NZL, 33:36


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