Ethiopian adds another victory to his winning resume.
Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia kept his summer road race winning streak alive on Sunday, running 32:20 to top Kenyan Wilson Kwambai Chebet by one second at the 38th CIGNA Falmouth Road Race.
Gebremariam, who won last weekend’s Beach To Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth, Maine and earlier this summer claimed victory at the Peachtree Road Race on July 4, was followed across the line by a trio of Kenyans — Chebet, along with third and fourth place finishers, Martin Lel (32:37) and Ed Muge (32:40). Ed Moran was the top American in the race, finishing just behind Muge in fifth place with the a time of 32:40. Meb Keflezighi, who won last November’s New York City Marathon, was scheduled to run the race but withdrew his name on Saturday, announcing on his Twitter page, “I have decided not to race tomorrow @ Falmouth. I love competition but when in doubt, don’t do it w/running or in life.”
On the women’s side, Gebremariam’s countrywoman, 23-year-old Wude Ayalew Yimer edged out pre-race favorite Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya by four seconds to win in 35:46. Chepkurui, who won last weekend’s Beach to Beacon 10K in a course-record 30:59, will make one more stop on her New England summer tour, as the 22-year-old is slated to compete in next weekend’s Run Gloucester! 7-mile road race, a new event being held on the North Shore of Massachusetts.
Following Yimer and Chepkurui across the finish line were Kenyans Edna Kiplagat (36:31) and Catherine Ndereba (38:06). Colleen De Reuck was the top American finisher in fifth place, running 38:10.
For complete results, visit falmouthroadrace.com.