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Rowbury Defends, Alan Webb 3;53 at 5th Avenue Mile

finishes mark both professional races at 30th running down famed New
York City thoroughfare; nearly 4,000 overall finishers



NEW YORK – (September 26, 2010) – Finishing off their 2010 outdoor seasons in fine style, Shannon Rowbury of the United States and Amine Laalou of Morocco were victorious at the Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile on Sunday. Rowbury (4:24.12) defended her 2009 title with a surge in the final meters that relegated fellow Americans Sara Hall and 2006 race champion to second place (4:24.34) and Erin Donohue to
third (4:24.40). Laalou, competing in New York for the first time, ran
3:52.83 to beat out 2007 IAAF World Championships 1500m and 5000m gold
Bernard Lagat of the United States, who finished second (3:53.30), and defending champion Andy Baddeley of Great Britain (3:53.34), who was third.

“I knew coming out
today that I was going to have to bring every game I had,” said
Rowbury, 26, the 2009 IAAF World Championships 1500m bronze medalist.
“We have such a talented group of American middle-distance women right
now. I’m proud to be a part of it and it makes me a better athlete.”
The 2008 Olympian set personal records this year at 800m, 3000m and

Laalou, 28, who ran a
mile PR of 3:50.22 earlier this year, dedicated his victory to his
first child, a daughter born earlier this month. “New York is a
wonderful city,” he said through a translator. “I would love to come
here again.”

The race showed a fine return to form for U.S. mile record holder Alan Webb,
who finished fourth in 3:53.72. The 27-year-old had Achilles tendon
surgery earlier this year and moved to Portland, OR, to train under
Alberto Salazar. “This was a big-boy race here today, and I’m just really glad I was in it,” said Webb, a 2008 Olympian.

It was the 30th
running of the Fifth Avenue Mile, an event inaugurated in 1981 by the
New York Road Runners to give middle distance stars a chance to shine
on New York City’s most famous thoroughfare. An elite-only race in its
early years, the event now includes more than a dozen age group heats
in addition to the world class races, and on Sunday, nearly 4,000
finished the mile race from different heats.

30th Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile
New York, NY, Sunday, September 26, 2010

1) Amine Laalou (MAR), 3:52.83, $5000
2) Bernard Lagat (USA / AZ), 3:53.30, $3500
3) Andy Baddeley (GBR), 3:53.34, $2500
4) Alan Webb (USA / OR), 3:53.72, $1500
5) Leonel Manzano (USA / TX), 3:54.17, $1000
6) Nick Willis (NZL), 3:54.81, $750
7) Will Leer (USA / OR), 3:55.02, $500
8) Tom Lancashire (GBR), 3:55.22, $250

1) Shannon Rowbury (USA / CA), 4:24.12, $5000
2) Sara Hall (USA / CA), 4:24.34, $3500
3) Erin Donohue (USA / NJ), 4:24.40, $3500*
4) Hannah England (GBR), 4:25.29, $1500
5) Molly Huddle (USA / RI), 4:25.92, $1000
6) Morgan Uceny (USA / CA), 4:26.27, $750
7) Amy Mortimer (USA / MO), 4:27.07, $500
8) Carmen Douma-Hussar (CAN), 4:27.53, $250
*includes $1000 halfway prem

Find full results, photos, heat videos and more at: www.nyrr.org

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