April 24, 2004 at 11:42 pm #1430
From David Monti
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By Bob Ramsak, (c) 2004 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved
(CLEVELAND, OH, USA) — Kenyans Patrick Nthiwa and Reuben Chebii and Russians Olga Romanova and Galina Alexandrova headline Sunday’s 27th Rite Aid Cleveland 10-K.
Fourth here last year, Nthiwa returns to Cleveland after a slate of solid performances this Spring. After finishing sixth at the World’s Best 10-K in San Juan, PUR, Nthiwa claimed wins at the Newark Distance Classic 20-K and Shamrock Sportsfest 8-K in March. In his most recent outing, he was sixth two weeks ago at the Crescent City Classic 10-K. Last year, Nthiwa posted a 27:15 personal best on an aided course in Salt Lake City.
The 21-year-old Chebii made his U.S. road racing debut with a win Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10-K in Richmond, Virginia on March 27 in 28:07. He was third in the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler (48:17) and was a close second in the Crescent City 10-K in 28:25.
Romanova was the winner at last month’s Azalea Trail Run 10-K in Mobile, Ala.,(32:45), and was fifth in the Cherry Blssom 10-Miler. Alexandrova, who finished second to Romanova in Mobile and was a pace setter at last Sunday’s Flora London Marathon, has won five races this year, including the Bermuda 10-K and the Shamrock Sportsfest 8-K.
$6,800 in prize money will be awarded to the top-five men and women in the 10-K, along with $1,200 for the top-three master’s finishers. An additional $2,000 will be awarded to the first three Ohio finishers. In the marathon, $4,200 will be awarded to the top five finishers, with $2,000 in the master’s division. For the second straight year, no elite athletes will race in the marathon.
The annual Cleveland races, where Joseph Kimani ran his second of three 10-K world bests in 1996, have new courses this year.
The 10-K Elite Field (personal best time and ages supplied by the organizers and have not been verified):
Patrick Nthiwa, 20, Kenya, 27:15*
John Itati, 30, Kenya, 27:31
Reuben Chebii, 21, Kenya, 27:42
Albert Okemwa, 38, Kenya, 28:14
Ronald Mogaka, 26, Kenya, 28:32
Jakub Wizniewski, 25, Poland, 28:34
John Sence, 34, USA (Ohio), 28:37
Daniel Kibungei Cheruiyot, 29, Kenya, 28:54
Samuel Ndereba, 27, Kenya, 28:58
Henry Dennis, 29, USA (Ohio), 29:15
Renata Paradowska, 33, Poland, 31:38
Olga Romanova, 23, Russia, 31:58
Galina Alexandrova, 30, Russia, 32:11
Naomi Wangui, 25, Kenya, 32:18
Zivile Balciunaite, 25, Lithuania, 32:56
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April 26, 2004 at 2:16 am #14295
CLEVELAND (April 25, 2004) – Running on a newly-designed marathon course in windy, wet weather conditions and temperatures in the 50s, Alexander Belavin of Russia won the 27th Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon in 2:24:02, and Yolanda Mercado of Puerto Rico won the women’s title with a time of 2:53:28.
In the 10K, Kenyan runners swept the top six positions. Patrick Nthiwa of Kenya won the race in a sprint to the finish line with a time of 29:00, just one second ahead of teammate Reuben Chebi and four seconds ahead of teammate John Itati. In the women’s 10K, Galina Alexandrova of Russia posted a winning time of 33:07.
About 6,000 thousand runners, walkers and wheelchair competitors took part in the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon & 10K, which was run for the first time entirely within Cleveland’s city limits. The new urban loop course had runners passing numerous west- and east-side landmarks as they made their way to the finish line near the Galleria at Erieview in downtown.
Men’s marathon winner Alexander Belavin previously won the Jacksonville Marathon. His personal record time of 2:19 was set in Lyon, France. Second and third place were taken two Ohioans; Scott Fry, Tiffin (2:25:07), and Karoly Bozan, Northfield (2:28:26). Last year’s winner, Richard Roberts, Mansfield, dropped out of the race due to an injury.
The top woman marathoner, Yolando Mercado, Puerto Rico, was attempting to qualify for the Puerto Rican Olympic team. In second place was Nadeshda Sandrkina, Russia (2:57:31), and in third place was the top Ohio finisher, Laura Fuduric, Middleburg Heights (3:00:01).
Patrick Nthiwa has been a top finisher in several 10K races this year. This is the first year his teammate, Ruebin Chebi, is running in the U.S. Women’s winner Galina Alexandrova has been one of the top 10K runners in U.S. races this year. Olga Romanova, Russia (33:40), came in second place, and Naomi Wangui, Kenya (33:51), was third.
The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon and 10K is one of the 50 longest-running marathon events in the country. The 10K race routinely draws international competitors and was home course to the world-record 10K time of 27:20 from 1996 to 2002.
Complete race results are available on the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon and 10K Web site, http://www.clevelandmarathon.com.
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