Da Silva Wins Pan Am Games Women’s Marathon

Adriana Da Silva won the Pan Am Games Women's Marathon last weekend. Photo: PhotoRun.net

She ran a decent time at altitude.

Written by: David Monti
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Adriana Da Silva, shown here running the 2010 Berlin Marathon, won the Pan Am Games Women's Marathon last weekend. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Brazil’s Adriana Aparecida Da Silva won the women’s marathon in Guadalajara, Mexico on the first day of athletics competition of the 15th Pan Am Games.  She clocked a respectable time of 2:36:37, considering Guadalajara’s high elevation (1586m/5200 ft.) and the sunny and warm conditions.

Da Silva ran in second place for most of the 42.195 kilometer course behind Mexico’s Madai Perez, the fastest woman in the field with a 2:22:59 personal best.  Indeed, at the 20-kilometer mark, Perez had a two minute lead on Da Silva and appeared to have the late afternoon race under control.

But in the second half, the Mexican record holder slowed.  With the race clock showing 2:21:57 (at about the 38K mark), Da Silva passed Perez despite the repeated chants of “Mexico-Mexico” coming from the partisan fans who lined the roadway.  By the 40K point, Da Silva had already built a 36-second lead, and Perez had to settle for second in 2:38:03.  Nonetheless, today’s medal for Perez, 31, was her first in an international championships.

Behind the two leaders, Gladys Tejeda, 26, of Peru, that nation’s national record holder, got the bronze medal in 2:42:10.

For Da Silva, 30, today’s race provided her second important title of the year.  She also won the South American Half Marathon Championships in Buenos Aires on Sept. 11.

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