Boumlili, Gromova Win Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego

The women’s race stayed close until much later. At the 5K mark, Kimutai, who won the Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego Marathon in 2007, picked up the pace and created a gap over her three rivals that peaked at 16 seconds two miles later. But by the time Kimutai reached the 10K mark in 34:58, the others hand begun to reel her back in, and as they made the long climb on Route 163 the three Eastern Europeans caught her.

The four women stayed together until the half-marathon point, when Gromova threw in a surge that briefly separated Mayorova from the pack. Gromova surged again as she approached the 16-mile mark and finally broke free. She maintained a steady pace of roughly 5:30 per mile the rest of the way, crossing the finish line nearly two minutes in front of Kimutai, who stopped the clock at 2:29:32 for second place. After pulling up briefly at 16 miles with apparent stomach issues, the very problem that had forced her to drop out at Los Angeles, Olaru recovered to take third in 2:30:40. Mayorova was fourth in 2:31:46.

Full Results

Elite Mens Results:

1.  Khalid Boumlili – Morocco – 2:11:15 ($25,000)

2.  Samuel Mugo – Kenya – 2:12:36 ($17,500)

3.  Tesfaye Tola – Ethiopia – 2:13:02 ($10,000)

4. Augustus Kavuti – Kenya – 2:13:23 ($7,500)

5. Oleksandre Sitkovskky – Ukraine – 2:13:27 ($5,000)

Women’s Elite Results:

1.  Yuliya Gromova – Russia – 2:27:36 ($25,000)

2.  Hellen Kimutai – Kenya – 2:29:32 ($17,500)

3.  Nuta Olaru – Romania – 2:30:40 ($10,000)

4.  Albina Mayorova – Russia – 2:31:45 ($7,500)

5.  Albina Gallymova – Russia – 2:38:35 ($5,000)

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