US Men Finish 4th & Women 5th At 2012 World Half Marathon Championships

Shalane Flanagan Struggles For Women and Only Finishes 25th

By LetsRun.com
October 6, 2012

Led by sub 63:00 clockings and top 20 showings by Augustus Maiyo (62:33 - 15th) and Luke Puskedra (62:46 - 17th), the US Men finished fourth at the 2012 world half marathon championships today in Bulgaria. Despite the US men's 4th place finish, they weren't close to earning the bronze in the medal as the third and final scoring member for third place Ethiopia was just one spot behind Maiyo.

Puskedra and Maiyo ran close together throughout as just 1-second sepearated them at 5k (14:25 Maiyo, 14:26 Puskedra), 10k (29:10 Puskedra, 29:11 Maiyo), and 15k (44:02 Puskedra, 44:03 Maiyo).

On the women's side of things, American star Shalane Flanagan  who was hyped as the one non-African who might be able to contend, really struggled and was only third on the US team as she was just 25th in 74:41 as the US women finished 5th. At 5km, Flanagan was already 16 seconds off the lead but was in 10th place at that time (Flanagan's 5k time was 16:29 which is 69:33 pace). She'd slowly fade back as the race progressed as she was 14th at 10k, 16th at 15k, and 24th at 20k.

Top five team results appear below. For full results and more coverage, click here.

Men's Top 5 Team Results

pos Country Bib Athlete Mark
1 Kenya 3:03:52
3 217 John Nzau Mwangangi 1:01:01
4 214 Pius Maiyo Kirop 1:01:11
5 215 Stephen Kosgei Kibet 1:01:40
6 213 Eliud Kipchoge (1:01:52)
216 Philemon Kimeli Limo DNF
2 Eritrea 3:04:41
1 190 Zersenay Tadese 1:00:19
9 188 Tewelde Estifanos 1:02:10
10 189 Kiflom Sium 1:02:12
13 187 Mulue Andom (1:02:23)
25 192 Debesay Tsige (1:04:15)
3 Ethiopia 3:05:43
2 199 Deressa Chimsa 1:00:51
11 196 Belay Assefa 1:02:17
16 197 Habtamu Assefa 1:02:35
30 200 Alebachew Debas (1:04:52)
198 Raji Assefa DNF
4 United States 3:09:56
15 261 Augustus Maiyo 1:02:33
17 259 Luke Puskedra 1:02:46
28 256 Ian Burrell 1:04:37
36 258 Scott Smith (1:05:46)
59 257 Michael Eaton (1:08:52)
5 Uganda 3:10:20
7 253 Jackson Kiprop 1:02:05
19 249 Nathan Ayeko 1:03:54
26 254 Solomon Mutai 1:04:21

 

Women's Top 5 Team Results

1 Ethiopia 3:27:52
1 23 Meseret Hailu 1:08:55
2 24 Feyse Tadese 1:08:56
5 21 Emebt Etea 1:10:01
17 22 Derbe Godana (1:13:16)
43 20 Selam Abere (1:19:09)
2 Kenya 3:28:39
3 41 Paskalia Chepkorir Kipkoech 1:09:04
4 38 Lydia Cheromei 1:09:13
6 40 Pauline Njeri Kahenya 1:10:22
21 39 Priscah Jepleting Cherono (1:13:55)
30 37 Peninah Jerop Arusei (1:15:55)
3 Japan 3:34:45
8 36 Tomomi Tanaka 1:11:09
9 32 Mai Ito 1:11:25
12 33 Asami Kato 1:12:11
15 34 Yoko Miyauchi (1:13:00)
19 35 Kayo Sugihara (1:13:36)
4 Great Britain & N.I. 3:36:56
7 29 Gemma Steel 1:11:09
10 27 Caryl Jones 1:11:52
22 28 Susan Partridge 1:13:55
5 United States 3:40:40
13 65 Maegan Krifchin 1:12:29
18 66 Adriana Nelson 1:13:30
25 63 Shalane Flanagan 1:14:41
32 64 Michelle Frey (1:16:55)
33 62 Alvina Begay (1:16:58)

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