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Ethiopian Wins Closest Bolder Race

May 31, 1999

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) _ Berhanu Adanne of Ethiopia outmaneuvered Armando Quintanilla and Hezron Otwori in the final quarter-mile Monday to win the closest race in Bolder Boulder history.

Lidia Simon, a marathon runner from Romania, captured the women’s individual title, but Ethiopia won the $12,000 team championship, edging second-place Kenya by four points.

Led by Quintanilla, the 1994 champion, Mexico won the men’s team title _ finishing second, fourth and sixth. Adanne’s Ethiopian team was eight points behind, and Columbia came in third.

In one of the best races in the event’s 21-year history, Quintanilla, Adanne and Otwori each led in the final half-mile before Adanne started to pull away with 400 meters remaining. He made his move on a hill leading into Folsom Field and finished in 29 minutes.

Quintanilla, who dictated the pace for much of the 10-kilometer race, tried to catch Adanne in the final 200 meters, but he finished two seconds behind. Otwori, second last year, was three seconds back of Adanne, and seven seconds separated the top five men.

Simon, an Olympian in 1996, trailed only briefly in the women’s race and opened a four-second lead over Ethiopia’s Asha Gigi just after the five-mile mark.

Simon was never challenged down the stretch and blew kisses to the stadium crowd as she crossed the finish line in 32:30. Gigi was 17 seconds back and Jane Ngotho of Kenya was third in 32:52.

Gigi led the Ethiopians with her second-place finish, while teammates Werknesh Kidane and Eyerusalem Kuma finished fifth and 11th, respectively.

Defending women’s champion Jane Omoro of Kenya, whose winning time was 33:26 last year, was sixth in 33:06. Deena Drossin was the top U.S. woman, finishing fourth in 32:56.

The Chinese women won the team title last year, but did not compete because of NATO’s accidental bombing of their embassy in Yugoslavia. The bombing prompted the closure of the American consulate in China, and the Chinese racers were unable to obtain visas.

Also missing was defending men’s champion Simon Rono of Kenya, who skipped the race because of the death of his sister.

Albina Gallyamova, 35, of St. Petersburg, Russia, won the women’s citizen’s race in 34:56. It was her first time competing in the Bolder Boulder.

Darren Wilson, 30, of Bruce, Australia, was the top finisher in the men’s citizen field, finishing in 30:42. Wilson was one of four Australian professional runners to travel to Boulder, but each country can have only three racers in the elite race.

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