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Boston Champ Mutai Wins Ottawa 10K

Kenyan and American
place first in Ottawa 10K race

May
26, 2012 ‰ÛÓ OTTAWA ‰ÛÓ With a time of 27:41, 30-year-old Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai led
a talented field of elite racers across the finish line of the 10K distance in
this evening’s Tamarack Homes Ottawa Race Weekend.

Mutai
did not break the 27:24 course record set in 2009 by Deriba Merga of Ethiopia. 

American
Lindsey Scherf, 25, led an international field across the finish line in a time
of 33:12. Close behind her was Alemitu Abera and Alemtsehay Misganaw, both of
Ethiopia, who finished in 33:35 and 33:39 respectively.

First
Canadian man to finish was Eric Gillis ‰ÛÓ with a time of 30:18. Gillis made
Ottawa one of his stops on the way to the Olympics Summer Games in London, where
he has earned a spot on the Canadian marathon team.

Rhiannon
Johns, 21, of Sault Ste. Marie, was the first Canadian woman to cross the
finish line ‰ÛÓ in 34:45.  Placing sixth
overall, she led four Canadian women in the top 10 category. 

In
the master’s category (over 40), Steve Boyd, 40, of Kingston, finished with
32:21, while Thornhill’s Lioudmila Kortchaguina, 40, posted a time of 35:47.

Weather
conditions were favourable for the record 10,691 10K runners and the crowds who
cheered them on in the city’s downtown core. Earlier, 9,587 participated in the
5K race and 3,343 in a 2K distance. About 42,000 in total will participate in
the seven races organized over the two day Race Weekend.

 

Top 10 Men

1.    
 

Geoffrey Mutai

27:41.4

Kenya

2.    
 

Mohamed El Hachimi

28:25.8

Morocco

3.    
 

Simon Ndirangu

28:37.3

Kenya

4.    
 

Tadese Tola

29:00.4

Ethiopia

5.    
 

Hafid Chani

29:18.0

Morocco

6.    
 

Benson Cheruiyot

29:28.9

Kenya

7.    
 

Samuel Ndereba

29:31.6

Kenya

8.    
 

Milton Rotich

29:53.1

Kenya

9.    
 

Gezahegne Eshetu

30:18.7

Ethiopia

10.   

Eric Gillis

30:18.8

Canada

 

Top 10 Women

1.    
 

Lindsey Scherf

33:12.8

USA

2.    
 

Alemitu Abera

33:35.1

Ethiopia

3.    
 

Alemtsehay Misganaw

33:39.3

Ethiopia

4.    
 

Samira Raif

33:45.0

Morocco

5.    
 

Hellen Jemutai

34:21.5

Kenya

6.    
 

Rhiannon Johns

34:45.1

Canada

7.    
 

Krista Duchene

34:02.0

Canada

8.    
 

Natasha Fraser

35:34.1

Canada

9.    
 

Lioudmilla Kortchaguina

35:47.7

Canada

10.   

Kathleen Buset

38:09.1

Canada

 

About
the Tamarack Homes Ottawa Race
Weekend

The 2012 edition of the
Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed close to 42,000 participants in seven races,
including the marathon, the half-marathon, the 10K, 5K, family 2K and Y Kids
marathon. The Ottawa Marathon and Ottawa 10K are both designated Silver Label
IAAF events by the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF). Run
Ottawa, the organization behind the Ottawa Race Weekend, is run by a volunteer
Board of Directors, and is dedicated to promoting the sport of running and
enhancing the health and well-being of our community by organizing distinctive
world-class and local races, and managing an active, membership-based running
club.

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