CARLSBAD, CA - At the 20th Carlsbad 5000, Ethiopia's
Dibaba ran 14:51 to tie Paula Radcliffe's world road record, while
Berhanu won his third consecutive title in 13:10, the second fastest
ever. Dibaba's time was the 15th world record broken or tied at Carlsbad
inception in 1986.
Dibaba, 19, the double gold medalist at the recent World Cross Country
came to Carlsbad with a world record on her mind, and under sunny, but
conditions, she was pushed by defending Carlsbad champion Isabella
Ochichi of Kenya
who set the world record last year in 14:53.
The lead women - Dibaba, Ochichi, Meselech Melkamu of Ethiopia and
Kim Smith of
New Zealand and Providence College - hit an opening mile of 4:47 and
in the key uphill
second mile, Ochichi pulled Dibaba and Melkamu away from the field.
The trio passed
two miles in 9:36 (last year, Ochichi ran 9:25), and there now was little
margin of error
for the world record.
Dibaba and Ochichi kept the 4:48 pace as it became a two-women race
at the final 180-
degree turnaround. The pair shadowed each other on Carlsbad
Boulevard before the final
turn home. At three miles (14:24), Dibaba put the hammer down,
distanced herself from
Ochichi and used the momentum to carry her to the tape in 14:51 with
seconds back (and the best time ever for place).
After the race, Dibaba expressed disappointment in not setting the world
winning the accompanying four-wheel drive SUV.
"I'm disappointed in not breaking the world record, but I am happy to win
Dibaba said thru an interpreter.
In the mens's race, Berhanu won for the third time in 13:10, the third
ever on the seaside course.
As they approached the first mile in 4:06, Berhanu, former champion
and joint world
record holder, Sammy Kipketer, Meshack Sang and Australian Craig
separated themselves from the rest of the pack.
At about 2 kilometers, Berhane surged on the upslope and opened a
15-meter gap on a
fading Kipketer and that was the race. He continued to increase his lead
passed Kipketer for second in 13:20 and an Australian record.
American Dathan Ritzenhein ran strongly towards the front of the
second pack and
finished in seventh place in 13:48.
"I wanted to break the record. I was thinking that the whole time. When
I'm running I'm
used to seeing the clocks and I didn't see them. If I could see the clocks
encourage me more. I would have the energy and I would go. I love this
run," said a
delighted Berhanu, who joined race founder Steve Scott and Kipketer as
the only three-
time consecutive race champions.
Gracious second place finisher, Craig Mottram was impressed. "This
was my first time at
Carlsbad. This was a fantastic race. To be running 13:20 at this time of
impressive. Obviously, there's something special here. The crowd is
amazing. They are
always encouraging you to go quicker," he said.
Tim Murphy, Carlsbad 5000 co-founder and Elite Racing president,
closed a great race
day by saying, "The energy and expectations were high today, and it
was a great way to
top 20 years of the Carlsbad 5000. We also had the largest number of
1) Dejene Berhanu, ETH, 13:10, $5000
2) Craig Mottram, AUS, 13:20, $3500
3) Shadrack Kosgei, KEN, 13:24, $2000
4) Sammy Kipketer, KEN, 13:34, $1000
5) Boaz Cheboiyo, KEN, 13:34, $800
6) Meshack Sang, KEN, 13:42, $700
7) Dathan Ritzenhein, USA/CO, 13:48, $500
8) Luke Kipkosgei, KEN, 13:54, $400
9) Mohamed Awol, ETH, 14:16, $300
10) Jason Hubbard, USA/CO, 14:27, $200
1) Tirunesh Dibaba, ETH, 14:51+, $5000
2) Isabella Ochichi, KEN, 14:55, $3500
3) Meselech Melkamu, ETH, 15:16, $2000
4) Kim Smith, NZL, 15:30, $1000
5) Madai Perez, MEX, 15:50, $800
6) Haley McGregor, AUS, 16:17, $700
7) Erika Aklufi, USA/CA, 16:26, $500
8) Carrie Messner, USA/CO, 16:36, $400
9) Eloise Wellings, NZL, 16:41, $300
10) Sarah Bouchard, GBR, 16:53, $200
+ ties World Record, Paula Radcliffe, Flora Light Women's 5K,
September 14, 2003; breaks course record, 14:53, Isabella Ochichi,
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