He’s dominated every race he’s entered since Boston.
Written by: David Monti
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Reigning Boston Marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai won his fourth consecutive road race of 2011 on Sunday at the Media Maratón Internacional in Bogotá, Colombia.
Mutai, who handily won the 10-kilometer Giro Podistico Internazionale di Castelbuono in Sicily last Tuesday by over a minute, romped to an even more dominating victory in Bogotá. The 29 year-old Kenyan clocked a course record 1:02:20 to defeat defending champion and course record-holder Deriba Merga of Ethiopia, who finished second in 1:04:49.
Reigning Rotterdam Marathon champion Wilson Chebet was third in 1:04:57. The race was held at very high altitude: 2600m/8530 ft. Both of Mutai’s other road racing victories came in Boston this year, where he won the Boston Marathon in a course record time of 2:03:02, then ran the fastest-ever certified 10K in the United States contested on a loop course, the B.A.A. 10K in June, in a personal best 27:19.
Mutai also recorded two victories during the cross country season, with wins at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships and World Team Trials last February.
In the women’s contest in Bogotá, Kenya’s Joyce Chepkirui got the win in 1:13:34 over Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba (1:13:54).