SAN DIEGO, CA — Kenyan Richard Limo took the lead at the 21-mile mark and never relinquished it, crossing the finish line in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 58 seconds to win the 13th Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon on Sunday morning. It was Limo’s first career marathon victory, an achievement that wasn’t lost on the former 5000 meter world champion as he came to a complete stop just before crossing the finish line.“It was very important to me,” Limo said of his victory. “This was my first marathon win and I wanted to take a very good picture. This is wonderful.”
William Chebor of Kenya was next across the finish line in 2:10:15, and American Nick Arciniaga took nearly two minutes off his personal best to finish third in 2:11:48, the fourth fastest U.S. marathon this year, and the first American male to place in the top 10 at the race since Josh Cox’s ninth place finish in 1999, Arciniaga hung on to an aggressive early pace and mixed it up with the lead pack through an opening 10K of 29:34.
“The plan was to just sit on the leaders no matter what they were doing,” said Arciniaga, a 26-year-old from Flagstaff, Arizona who ran the fourth fastest U.S. marathon time of 2010. “I was hoping for a huge breakthrough performance. I ran strongly the last 10K and was able to catch a few more guys. I was hoping for better, but I’m not going to be disheartened with a two-minute PR.”
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