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Posted: May 26, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

(RWire) Athletics: Merga, Erkesso Win MDS Nordion 10K

Cheruiyot, Leghzaoui Ottawa Marathon champions; Merga bests 8K world record en route; event record 36,000 plus register

OTTAWA, Canada - (May 23-24, 2009) - Two world records were broken at the MDS Nordion 10K race Saturday night on a perfect spring evening.

Deriba Merga from Ethiopia bettered the 8K world record at 21 minutes, 48 seconds en route to winning the 10K race in 27:24. The current 8K world record was 22:02.

If Merga had finished the 10K race in under 27:01, the 2009 Boston Marathon champion would have taken home a $100,000 prize offered by the Ottawa Race Weekend. But he did break the course record of 28:12 held by Ottawa Race Weekend Race Director John Halvorsen since 1988.

The second world record broken was the single leg amputee time of 38:00, which was beaten by Rick Ball of Orillia, Ontario, in the time of 37:55.

"It is rare that one, let alone two world records are broken at a single race," said Jim Robinson, General Manager, Run Ottawa. "This solidifies our position as a world class running destination."

The first woman to cross the 10K finish line was Ethiopian Teyba Erkesso in a time of 31:51. The first Canadian woman to cross was Tara Quinn-Smith from Toronto at 33:39. She was the first of five Canadian women in the top 10 finishers. Her husband Andrew Smith was the first Canadian man to finish. He came in eleventh at 29:24.

On Sunday morning, with a time of 2:13:23, David Cheruiyot of Kenya won the Ottawa Marathon in his fourth come-from-behind victory. Continuing his trend of sprinting past successively younger athletes, the 39-year-old Cheruiyot beat out Wegayehu Girma of Ethiopia, 19 years his junior, by 6 seconds.

The first woman to cross the finish line was Asmae Leghzaoui of Morocco, who completed the course in 2:27:41, beating her own 2008 course record of 2:28:44. Lioudmila Kortchaguina of Thornhill, Ontario was runner-up in 2:32:10. Kortchaguina has won four of the five marathons she has run in Ottawa since her first appearance in 2002.

Debut marathoner Reid Coolsaet was the first Canadian man in 2:17:10. Coolsaet is Canada's top-ranked 5000 meter runner.

Kortchaguina and Coolsaet also won the Canadian Marathon titles.

The 35th Ottawa Race Weekend drew more than 36,000 participants in one of 7 races - an event record.

23rd MDS Nordion 10K
Ottawa, CAN, Saturday, May 23, 2009

MEN
1) Deriba Merga (ETH), 27:24*, $12,000
2) Boaz Cheboiywo (KEN), 28:17, $2500 
3) Hosea Kibet Rutto (KEN), 28:21, $1500
4) Worku Beyi (ETH), 28:36, $1000
5) Silas Sang (KEN), 28:38, $750
*course record (previous, 28:12, John Halvorsen, 1988); en route 21:48 for 8K (pending world record)

WOMEN
1) Teyba Erkesso (ETH), 31:51, $5000
2) Emebet Bacha (ETH), 32:45, $2500
3) Jane Murage (KEN), 33:06, $1500
4) Hyvon Ngetich (KEN), 33:12, $1000
5) Jane Kibii (KEN), 33:34, $750
6) Tara Quinn-Smith (CAN), 33:39, $500

35th Ottawa Marathon
Ottawa, CAN, Sunday, May 24, 2009

MEN
1) David Cheruiyot (KEN), 2:13:23, $15,000
2) Wegayehu Girma (ETH), 2:13:29, $10,000
3) Ahmed Baday (MAR), 2:13:56, $5000
4) Laban Moiben (KEN), 2:14:17, $3000
5) Ketema Amensitsa Tadesee (ETH), 2:14:48, $2000

WOMEN
1) Asmae Leghzaoui (MAR), 2:27:41*, $19,000
2) Lioudmila Kortchaguina (CAN), 2:32:10, $20,500
3) Irene Jerotich Kosgei (KEN), 2:34:28, $5500
4) Salomie Getnet (ETH), 2:37:22, $3000
5) Fiona Docherty (NZL), 2:42:11, $2000
*course record (previous, 2:28:44, Asmae Leghzaoui, 2008)

More results at: RunOttawa.ca.


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