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Posted: March 24, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: USATF News and Notes, Volume 9, Number 12

Goucher wins in Lisbon

2008 Olympian Kara Goucher was a convincing winner of the women's race Sunday at the 2009 EDP Half Marathon in Lisbon, Portugal. The EDP Lisbon Half Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Goucher, who was the women's 10,000m bronze medalist at the 2007 World Outdoor Championships, broke from the field a third of the way into the race and ran mostly by herself to the finish, winning the event in 1 hour 8 minutes 30 seconds. The third-place finisher at last year's New York Marathon, Goucher finished 30 seconds ahead of runner-up Alice Timbilili of Kenya.

"The race is beautiful, I intend to return again and try to run faster than I did today," Goucher said. "I'm preparing for a marathon in the spring so I couldn't run faster. I like to run in a mixed race, with men and women together."

Three-time London Marathon winner and two-time New York City Marathon victor Martin Lel of Kenya won the men's race in 59 minutes 56 seconds, for his third career victory at this event. His previous triumphs were in 2003 and 2006.

For more information on the 2009 EDP Lisbon Half Marathon, visit: IAAF.org.

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