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Monyenye Wins California International Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 6, 2011
  • Updated Dec. 6, 2011 at 11:04 AM UTC
Kenya's Erick Monyenye, seen here in a race in Mexico, won Sunday's CIM. Photo: Mas Noticias

The race was decided in the 19th mile.

Kenya's Erick Monyenye, seen here in a race in Mexico, won Sunday's CIM. Photo: Mas Noticias

No big surprise in Sacramento this weekend as a Kenyan and an Ethiopian won the men’s and women’s divisions of the California International Marathon last Sunday. The first person to break the tape was Erick Monyenye in two hours, eleven minutes, and 50 seconds.

The 24-year-old thought the race was too slow at mile 19 and so he dropped into another gear.

Nobody went with him.

“The first half we went slow, so slow,” Monyenye said. “I saw that I was so strong, I decided to push.”

After his decisive move, Monyenye was confident the win was all his. “I knew because I pushed,” Monyenye said. “I tried to push with them. They don’t respond, so I decided to go alone.”

The Kenyan admits he was really strong going into the race and credits his altitude training in Mexico for the win.

In the women’s race, Serkalem Biset Abrha of Ethiopia prevailed in 2:33:40.

“It’s nice,” Biset Abrha said. “Very happy.”

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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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