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Posted: October 12, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

(RWire) Athletics: Arkhipova Sets Record, Yatich Wins at Under Armour Baltimore Marathon

Crews, Obata half-marathon winners at 9th edition

By: Steve Nearman, Running USA wire

BALTIMORE - (October 10, 2009) - The Kenyan men and the Russian women continued their unmatched success at the Under Armour Baltimore Marathon on Saturday morning under windy and partly drizzly conditions.

But at the 9th edition it was one Russian woman, Iuliia Arkhipova, who made history with a powerful move between miles 19 and 21. From there, she ran solo, with no women or even any men in sight, front or back. She stopped the clock next to Camden Yards in an event record 2 hours, 32 minutes, 9 seconds, crushing the previous mark of 2:35:45 set by Rima Dubovik in 2006.

"My goal today was to improve my PR of 2:34:27," said 25-year-old Arkhipova, who was born in what now is Kazakhstan but lives and trains in Russia with her boyfriend Grigoriy Andreev (he was third in the half-marathon today after placing fifth at Twin Cities last week). "I kept checking to make sure I was on schedule. I knew by 22 miles I would get the record."

The result - her biggest payday of her career, $18,000 for the win and an additional $2500 for the record.

Alfonce Kibor Yatich also earned $18,000 for winning the men's race in 2:14:04. He, too, made a strong surge at 19.5 miles to quickly distance himself from the rest of the field, including defending champion Julius Keter.

Yatich flew from Kenya to Atlanta on Wednesday strictly to run Baltimore and made his way to the Charm City where he said he could not get a complimentary hotel room for elite athletes. He said he ended up staying Friday night at the home of Sue Bozgoz, who coordinates a number of Ethiopian racers, but said he did not sleep a wink.

Aside from the bloodshot eyes, the sleepless night hardly slowed on the 26-year-old Yatich.

"It was okay," he said of the race. "The first half was very nice. The weather was good. The second half was tough. It was very windy and it was rainy which made it slippery."

While Arkhipova did not take the lead for good until 19 miles into the race, Yatich went for it virtually from the start. By six miles, he and Keter were on their own, touring the neighborhoods of Maryland's largest city with a chase pack of four Kenyans including eventual runner-up Isaac Waweru Macharia and third-placer Elijah Nyabuti.

Yatich and Keter passed the half-marathon mark at the Inner Harbor in 1:05:29, 31 seconds ahead. But the lead would slowly dwindle, to 27 by 15 miles and to 23 by 18 miles as the runners fought whipping headwinds on top of the 80-plus-percent humidity.

"I saw the other guys coming," said Yatich, who was second at the Country Music Marathon in April and sports a 2:10 PR from Dubai in 2007. "If they catch me, I'm finished. I led all the way through 26 miles at Country Music and the winner went by me with 200 meters to go. I was not going to let that happen again. I didn't know I'd win until I crossed the line."

He broke Keter on a long downhill at 19.5 miles in Clifton Park and cruised around Lake Montebello as the rain began to fall, putting a 72-second margin on Keter, who would drop out after 25 miles after setting the course record last year in 2:11:56. Macharia held onto second and crossed the line in 2:15:53 with Nyabuti third in 2:17:12. Joseph Chirlee (2:18:03) and Samuel Ndereba (2:20:23) completed the Kenyan sweep.

All the while, Arkhipova was a player in a Russian dominance of the women's race. Russian Tatiana Pushkareva was doing most of the early work, however, with fellow Russian Natalia Sokolova and Arkhipova in tow at the half-marathon over a minute behind.

"With seven miles to go, [Arkhipova] passed me," said Pushkareva, 24, winner of Country Music this year. "I was slowing down but at the same time Iuliia was very strong."

Arkhipova gapped Pushkareva by 14 seconds after 20 miles and a huge 51 seconds just one mile later. With the race in hand, the only thing on Arkhipova's mind was a personal best finishing time and the record. A disappointed Pushkareva ended up over three minutes behind in 2:35:45, with Sokolova in third (2:37:50), defending champion Maria Portilla of Peru in fourth (2:40:32) and 45-year-old Texas-based Russian Albina Gallyamova fifth (2:41:22).

In the accompanying CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Half-Marathon, John Crews of Raleigh, N.C. and Kayoko Obata of Japan scored convincing victories, pocketing $2000. The 25-year-old Crews won by 41 seconds in 1:07:24, while the 38-year-old Obata overwhelmed the competition by more than five minutes in 1:15:17.

Ethiopian Bado Merdessa of the Bronx, N.Y. and Susan Hendrick of Washington, D.C. were the United Way 5K winners in 14:51 and 17:57 respectively, earning $500 apiece.

9th Under Armour Baltimore Marathon
Baltimore, MD, Saturday, October 10, 2009

1) Alphonce Yatich, KEN, 2:14:04, $18,000
2) Isaac Waweru Macharia, KEN, 2:15:53, $10,000
3) Elijah Nyabuti, KEN, 2:17:12, $6500
4) Joseph Chirlee, KEN, 2:18:03, $4000
5) Samuel Ndereba, KEN, 2:20:23, $3000
6) Charles Kanyao, KEN, 2:21:28, $2000
7) Fikedu Lemma, ETH, 2:21:35, $1500
8) Giovanni Amador, COL, 2:22:29, $1000

MASTERS Men (40+)
1) John Piggott, 44, VA, 2:52:59, $750
2) Robert Tregoning, 43, MD, 2:55:59, $500
3) Peter Keating, 43, MD, 2:56:34, $250

1) Iuliia Arkhipova, RUS, 2:32:09*, $20,500
2) Tatiana Pushkareva, RUS, 2:35:45, $10,000
3) Natalia Sokolova, RUS, 2:37:50, $6500
4) Maria Portilla, PER, 2:40:32, $4000
5) Albina Gallyamova, 45, RUS, 2:41:22, $3000
6) Neriah Asiba, KEN, 2:41:42, $2000
7) Yolanda Fernandez, COL, 2:44:02, $1500
8) Alena Vinitskaya, RUS, 2:44:39, $1000
*event record (previous record, 2:35:45, Rima Dubovik (UKR), 2006)

MASTERS Women (40+)
1) Gallyamova, see above
2) Tatiana Titova, 44, RUS, 2:47:23, $750
3) Lee DiPietro, 51, MD, 3:02:17, $500
4) Denise Knickman, 41, MD, 3:05:23, $250

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Half-Marathon
1) John Crews, NC, 1:07:24, $2000
2) Joel Mwaura, KEN / MD, 1:08:05, $1000
3) Grigoriy Andreev, RUS, 1:08:37, $500
4) David Berdan, MD, 1:10:18, $300
5) Jesse Jaeger, MD, 1:14:25, $100

MASTERS Men (40+)
1) Patrick O'Rourke, 41, MD, 1:19:11, $150
2) Dave Berardi, 49, MD, 1:19:23, $100
3) Steven Levin, 46, MD, 1:20:18, $50

1) Kayoko Obata, JPN / CO, 1:15:17, $2000
2) Mary Gill, NC, 1:20:41, $1000
3) Christine Ramsey, MD, 1:21:37, $500
4) Emily Dusen, MD, 1:22:19, $300
5) Andrea Rovegno, MD, 1:23:24, $100

MASTERS Women (40+)
1) Sharon Baptiste-Johnson, 45, MD, 1:33:05, $150
2) Janelle McIntyre, 44, MD, 1:33:14, $100
3) Janeth Scott, 47, MD, 1:36:14, $50

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