February 24, 2013
(Update, there is a very cool recap of this race via social media below the results, via LetsRun.com visitor Alberto Stretti, check out his athletics site here: http://www.albertostretti.org)
At the 2013 Rock N Roll New Orleans half-marathon, Meseret Defar, the reigning two-time Olympic 5000m champion, got the convincing win over American Shalane Flanagan in 1:07:25, a new personal best for Defar, as fellow American Kara Goucher was further back in 5th in 1:11:49.
This was the second half-marathon for Defar who made her debut in 2010 winning at Rock N Roll Philadelphia in 1:07:45. Also in that race? Shalane Flanagan who ran 1:08:37, her personal best until today. 52 seconds separated them then and 1:06 separated them today as both set personal bests.
The World’s greatest distance runner, double Olympic champ, Mo Farah won the men’s race in 1:00:59 in a kick over former NYC Marathon champ Gebre Gebremariam. Just last week Farah was running a 3000m in Birmingham. Farah’s half-marathon debut was a win in 1:00:23 over Galen Rupp in 2011 in New York City.
Full results here.
Race play by play from the LRC forums here.
Excellent Race Blow by Blow via Social Media and Storify from LRC Alberto Stretti, check out his athletics site here: http://www.albertostretti.org)