A Good Bet On Emmanuel Bett In Australia

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 12, 2012
  • Updated Dec. 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM UTC
Emmanuel Bett (right) holds off Australia's Ben St. Lawrence at the Zatopek 10K. Photo: IAAF

The Kenyan won the 10,000m event at the Zatopek race.

Emmanuel Bett won the 52nd annual Zatopek 10,000m in Australia when he came across the line in 27:59.23. He had been targeting 27:22.54, the race record that is held by Luke Kipkosgei.

Last year, Bett won the same race, defeating rivals Bidan Karoki and Micah Kogo in the rain when he ran 27:39.33.

“It was fine while the pacemaker was in, but then I felt [the wind],” recalled Bett. “Maybe next year,” he said of the record.

Australia’s Ben St Lawrence took second behind Bett to capture his third title for his home country. Ben Moreau of England put forth a surprising effort to take third.

Meanwhile, in the women’s race, Neely Spence of the United States won in 32:16:51. The race was a debut at the distance for her. Besides Spence, only one American has won the Zatopek race before, Galen Rupp.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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