EL BOUMLILI & GROMOVA RUN AWAY WITH ROCK 'N' ROLL MARATHON WINS
By David Monti
(c) 2009, Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved
Khalid El Boumlili of Morocco and Yuliya Gromova of Russia scored
runaway victories at today's Rock 'N' Roll Marathon in San Diego,
Calif., the race which began the entertainment revolution in marathon
El Boumlili, who finished third at the 2008 Boston Marathon, was part
of a large lead pack at 10 km (31:42), but soon set out on his own to
try for victory. By the half-way mark (1:05:43), El Boumlili had built
up a one minute and 18-second lead over the main field. Although
Kenya's Samuel Mugo finally broke from the main field in an effort to
reel in El Boumlili, it was too late. By 34 km, El Boumlili had nearly
two minutes on the main field and about a minute and one-half on Mugo.
The Moroccan made it to the finish alone in 2:11:16 (unofficial), with
Mugo second (2:12:37) and Ethiopia's Tesfye Tola third (2:13:02).
American Olympian Dan Browne was in the main elite group at half-way
(1:07:02), but was not in the top-10 at the 34 km checkpoint. He was
not listed in the top-10 finishers through 2:18:21, so he may have
Gromova's race was similar to El Boumlili's. The defending Rock 'N'
Roll Marathon champion was in the main field through 10 km (35:11), and
at halfway (1:14:44) was one of the four contenders left for victory:
Romania's Nuta Olaru (who dropped out of the Los Angeles Marathon last
Monday), Kenya's Hellen Kimutai, and Russia's Albina Mayorova. By the
time the 34 km checkpoint was reached, Gromova had built up a nearly
one-minute lead, which would grow to nearly two minutes by the finish
line. Her final time, a career best of 2:27:37, was well ahead of
Kimutai's (2:29:32) and Olaru (2:30:40).