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2010 ING NYCM Marathon: Edna Kiplagat Wins, Shalane Flanagan finishes second!

by Larry Eder

In a truly tactical and exciting race, the women’s race kept fans of the ING NYCM Marathon on their toes! Edna Kiplagat took the win, with a daring and gutty run over the last thirteen minutes, with Shalane Flanaga in second and Mary Keitany, both in their debut! Here is how the race unfolded:

In a very conservative first half, a pack of 24 women started, hitting the first three miles in 18:03, and six miles in 34:47. The ten kilometer mark at 36:00 found Kim Smith from New Zealand, Mara Yamauchi of Great Britain, debut marathoners Shalane Flanagan and Mary Keitany in the front pack.

The women’s elite pack, down to 21 at 15k, hit that mark in 53:54, with Mara Yamauchi trying to drop the pretenders. Kim Smith was there as was Christelle Daunay, the French record holder, and Shalane Flanagan running very relaxed. Derartu Tulu, the 2009 ING NYCM champ, was right there as well.

Mara Yamauchi, a Brit who lives in Japan and had a rough time getting to Virgin London last year, was looking for redemption. Yamauchi, who is coached by her husband, hit ten miles in 57:47. While the pace had dropped from six minute pace to 5:45, and the pack was down to fourteen, Yamauchi was not getting her desired effect.
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