Lel, Adere Win Mardi Gras Half Marathon
February 28, 2010
Kenyan Martin Lel defeated countryman Sammy Wanjiru in the Mardi Gras Half Marathon in New Orleans, LA this morning. Lel, a former World Marathon Major champion, ran 61:07 in a promising return to action from injury. Current World Marathon Major champion, Olympic champion, and half marathon world record-holder Sammy Wanjiru finished only seven seconds in front of former University of Oregon runner and debut half-marathoner Shadrack Biwott, 61:33 to 61:40. Irish national half marathon record holder Martin Fagan finished fourth in a solid 62:11.
In the women's race, Ethiopian Berhane Adere won a close race in a quick 67:52 over former Providence College runner Kim Smith (67:55) of
Ireland New Zealand. Adere's time was the fastest half marathon by a women in America and both her and Smith's times were national records.
1.Martin Lel 61:07
2. Sam Wanjiru 61:33
3. Shadrack Biwott 61:40
4. Martin Fagan 62:11
1. Berhane Adere 67:52
2. Kim Smith 67:55
3. Azalech Maresha 69:46
4. Ilsa Paulson 73:15
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