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Smith Glides To Local 5k Win

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 2, 2013
Kim Smith, shown here at the 2011 Boston Marathon, is aiming for the world championships on the track later this summer. Photo: www.photorun.net

New Zealander triumphs in Massachusetts race as she eyes 10K at Worlds.

Three-time Olympian Kim Smith posted a sizzling 5K time over the weekend in Massachusetts.

The New Zealand native, who now lives and trains in the U.S., won the Run Westfield 5K in 14:48. Finishing a distant second was her training partner Amy Hastings, who was 44 seconds back.

Smith is taking a break from marathons as she tries to qualify for the 10,000m at this summer’s world championships in Russia.

At the 2004 Athens Olympics, Smith placed 20th in the 5000m. Four years later in Beijing, she ran the 10,000m in 30:35.54 and finished ninth. Last summer at the London Games, Smith contested the marathon and recorded a 15th-place result.

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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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