Posted by: Joe English | August 24, 2009

Racing — Goucher 10th at Marathon World Championships

BERLIN – 2008 Olympic Trials 5,000m champion and 10,000m runner-up Kara Goucher (Portland, Ore.) was the top U.S. finisher at the women’s World Marathon Cup competition Sunday through the streets of Berlin. The race was contested under mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the low 70’s.

Goucher, who stayed with the main pack for the majority of the race, finished 10th in a season’s best time of 2 hours 27 minutes 48 seconds. Goucher’s finish is the highest by an American woman in the World Championships marathon since Linda Somers finished seventh in 1995.

The race was won by 20 year-old Xue Bai of China who outlasted a dwindling lead pack of runners late in the race. Bai finished in 2:25:15 to take the World Championship crown. Yoshimi Ozaki of Japan (2:25:25) took the silver medal, while Aselefech Mergia of Ethiopia took the bronze (2:25:32).

Two-time Boston Marathon winner Dire Tune tripped over another runner at 25KM and fell off the pace, having lost her rhythm. In the ensuring miles, the lead group continued to fall apart, with Goucher falling out of the lead group after the 25KM mark.

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