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Kimani Wins Bolder Boulder 10K

May 29, 2000

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) _ Kenya’s Joseph Kimani, shrugging off sweltering heat, raced to the largest victory margin in men’s Bolder Boulder history, beating countryman Dominic Kirui by 57 seconds in the annual 10-kilometer event on Monday.

Derartu Tulu led an Ethiopian sweep of the top three places in the elite women’s race, edging teammate Merima Hashim by just one second _ the smallest margin of victory ever in women’s competition here.

Three Kenyans claimed the top prize of $15,000 in the team competition, with Ethiopian women sharing the $15,000 women’s team purse.

Despite a temperature at the start of 91 degrees, Kimani pulled away from the pack at the third mile and steadily increased his lead. He led Kirui by 18 seconds at four miles and by 40 seconds at five miles.

Kimani, 27, the world record-holder in 10K (27:04), slowed to a stop about 15 yards before the finish line, thinking that scaffolding which marked the start was also the finish. Told to keep going, he resumed running the remaining few yards and crossed in 28 minutes, 55 seconds to earn the $3,000 first prize for individuals.

``I thought the finish was there because we started there,″ Kimani said. ``Someone was telling me, `No, no, the other side.′ It didn’t matter because I was so far ahead.

``At three miles, I decided to push. We train in Kenya in hot conditions, so when I came here it was no problem for me.″

Kimani spent two days traveling from Kenya to Boulder, overnighting Saturday in London and arriving in Boulder on Sunday. But he showed no signs of jet lag.

Kimani’s winning margin over Kirui more than doubled the previous largest margin, set in the first Bolder Boulder in 1979, when Ric Rojas beat Frank Shorter by 28 seconds.

Kirui was second in 29:52. Ecuador’s Silvio Guerra passed the remaining Kenyan, Stephen Kiogara, to take third in 29:54 and prevent a Kenyan sweep. Kiogara finished fourth in 30:03. David Galindo of Mexico was fifth in 30:09, and Jonathan Wyatt of New Zealand was sixth in 30:18.

Defending champion Berhanu Adane of Ethiopia placed eighth in 30:29.

Jeff Simonich of Salt Lake City, Utah, was the top American, finishing 36th in 32:08.

In the women’s race, which began in 85-degree heat, Tulu held off a charge from Hashim in the final kilometer, giving Ethiopia a repeat in the team competition.

Tulu, 28, finished in 33:09, with Hashim crossing in 33:10 and Eyerusalem Kuma in 33:40.

South Africa’s Colleen De Reuck, the prerace favorite, finished fourth in 33:53 after leading the first two miles.

Kristin Coogan of Boulder was the top American, placing 26th in 37:47.

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