At 29th edition, more than 3,700 runners race down famed New York City thoroughfare
NEW YORK - (September 26, 2009) - Britain's Andy Baddeley and Shannon Rowbury of the United States won the men's and women's titles at the 29th Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile on a beautiful fall Saturday afternoon.
U.S. Olympian and double 2007 World champion Bernard Lagat for the second consecutive year was unable to win this title, finishing fourth (3:52.7) in his last race of the season.
"I am not going to stop until I win this race," said Lagat of Tucson, Ariz. "This will be part of my hunger for next year."
In the women's race, Rowbury, 24, followed the fast early pace of American and fellow 2008 Olympian Erin Donahue. Most of the pack closely followed, including defending champion Britain's Lisa Dobriskey. Silver and bronze medalists at the recent IAAF World Championships 1500 meters in Berlin, Dobriskey and Rowbury were able to pull away from the field in the final meters. Rowbury, a San Francisco resident, just got to the line slightly ahead of Dobriskey, winning in 4:23.3. Places second, third and fourth were determined by a photo finish with Dobriskey edging 2006 race champion Sara Hall and Christin Wurth-Thomas, with the trio timed in 4:23.9.
"I felt good throughout the race," said Rowbury. "With 100 (meters) to go, I just tried to leave it all out there and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I'm fortunate that today was my day."
In the men's race, it was two-time Olympic 1500m medalist Lagat, 34, who took out the early pace, along with Kenya's Boaz Lalang with the pack in tow. In the final meters, Baddeley and Lalang were the two who came to the finish line side-by-side. Baddeley, 27, earned the win in 3:51.8 - the first Britain champion here since Matthew Yates in 1991 - with Lalang a close runner-up in 3:52.0. American Leo Manzano, making his road racing debut, finished third in 3:52.2
"Lagat put himself in front early on and I think we all were watching him," said Baddeley. "I was waiting until the last 50 meters to go."
More than 3,700 runners competed in various heats, and more than $30,000 in prize money was awarded. Race champions Rowbury and Baddeley earned $5000 each, and the top 15 men broke 4 minutes.
29th Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile
New York, NY, Saturday, September 26, 2009
1) Andy Baddeley (GBR), 3:51.8, $5000
2) Boaz Lalang (KEN), 3:52.0, $3500
3) Leonel Manzano (USA / TX), 3:52.2, $2500
4) Bernard Lagat (USA / AZ), 3:52.7, $1500
5) Haron Lagat (KEN), 3:53.8, $1000
6) Collis Birmingham (GBR), 3:53.9, $750
7) Matt Tegenkamp (USA / OR), 3:54.2, $500
8) Chris Solinsky (USA / OR), 3:54.5, $250
9) Daniel Huling (USA / OH), 3:55.0
10) David Torrence (USA / CA), 3:56.1
1) Shannon Rowbury (USA / CA), 4:23.3, $5000
2) Lisa Dobriskey (GBR), 4:23.9, $3500
3) Sara Hall (USA / CA), 4:23.9, $2500
4) Christin Wurth-Thomas (USA / AR), 4:23.9, $1500
5) Hannah England (GBR), 4:25.4, $1000
6) Erin Donahue (USA / NJ), 4:27.0, $750
7) Mestawot Tadesse (ETH), 4:27.7, $500
8) Amy Mortimer (USA / KS), 4:29.6, $250
9) Barbara Parker (USA / CA), 4:35.2
10) Sara Vaughn (USA / CO), 4:37.1
Complete race results, photos, videos and more at: NYRR.org.