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Lelisa Desisa Victorious In Two Road Races

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 4, 2011
  • Updated Apr. 4, 2011 at 9:51 AM UTC

He won back-to-back weekend races and broke one course record.

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, 21, was the king of the roads this weekend. He not only won the Cooper River Bridge Run, a 10K ,on Saturday, but also the 39th Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run in Washington D.C. on Sunday.

Desisa’s time at the Cooper River Bridge Run was 28 minutes and 59 seconds. On Sunday in the nation’s capital, he clocked a 45:36, which was a new course record there. The previous Cherry Blossom record had stood for 16 years.

The Ethiopian champion said he is hungry for competition.

“I want to compete all the time,” he said through an interpreter. “When there is a chance to run, I’m going to run.”

Desisa’s victory at the Cherry Blossom race was hard-fought. He battled it out with Allan Kiprono from Kenya all the way until the final mile when Desisa found another gear to surge ahead for the win.

“He is a good runner,” Desisa said of Kiprono. “I was just testing to see how he would go. I saw he was good so we kept on trading the lead.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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