New World Best At 98th Bay To Breakers 12K

Sammy Kitwara runs fastest 12K ever as American Deena Kastor finishes third in women’s race.

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Kenyan Sammy Kitwara blew away the field at the 98th ING Bay to Breakers 12K in San Fancisco, CA.  In the process Kitwara set a world best of 33:31 for the distance.  The former world best of 33:42 was set in 1993 by Kitwara’s countryman Ismael Kirui.  Kitwara easily distanced himself from the field, defeating runner-up Tilahun Regassa of Ethiopa (34:15) by more than 30 seconds.  Justin Young, who was named to the US World Championship marathon team this past week, was the first American across the line, finishing eighth in 36:05.

In the women’s race Ethiopian Teyba Erkesso (38:29) outdistanced Kenyan Lineth Chepkurui for the title.  American Deena Kastor had high hopes for the first American female win since 1993, but came up short, finishing third in 39:04.

Elite Men’s Results:

1.  Sammy Kitwara – Kenya – 33:31 WB

2.  Tilahun Regassa – Ethiopia – 34:15

3.  John Yuda – Tanzania – 34:23

4.  John Korir – Kenya – 34:53

5.  Silos Sang – Kenya – 34:54

Elite Women’s Results:

1.  Teyba Erkesso – Ethiopia – 38:29

2.  Lineth Chiepkurui – Kenya – 38:35

3.  Deena Kastor – Mamouth Lakes, CA – 39:04

4.  Edna Kipligat – Kenya – 40:30

5.  Jane Kibii – Kenya – 40:40

Full Results

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