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Kisorio, Defar Win At ING Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Sep. 19, 2010
  • Updated Oct. 1, 2010 at 12:29 PM UTC
Kenyan Matthew Kisorio wins this morning's ING Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon in 1:00:15. Photo: Ollie Neglerio

Kenyan Matthew Kisorio wins this morning's ING Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon in 1:00:15. Photo: Ollie Neglerio

Both event records fall in City of Brotherly Love on Sunday morning.

Kenya’s Matthew Kisorio and Ethiopia’s Mesert Defar wrote themselves into the record books with superb runs of 60:15 and 1:07:44 at the ING Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon on Sunday morning.

In her half-marathon debut, Defar smashed the U.S. all-comers record, running the fastest time ever run by a woman on American soil for the distance.  Her time bested Berhane Adere’s previous of mark 1:07:52 set earlier this year at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon and Half Marathon.

Kenya’s Lineth Chepkirui finished two seconds back in 1:07:46, followed by Ethiopian Werknesh Kidane in 1:08:30. American Shalane Flanagan finished 4th with a time of 1:08:36, one minute and two seconds off Deena Kastor’s American Record.

On the men’s side, Kisorio, a World junior 5,000-meter silver medalist, broke Khalid Khannouchi’s 1997 event mark by 12 seconds.  2009 IAAF World Cross Country champion Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia finished ten seconds back in second place with a time of 1:00:25.

Brett Gotcher of Flagstaff, Arizona was the top American finisher in ninth place, running 1:02:50. Defending champion Ryan Hall of Mammoth Lakes, California finished a disappointing 13th in 1:03:55.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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