Wodajo wins in Cologne
Teferi Wodajo of Ethiopia won the Cologne Marathon in Germany on Sunday in 2 hours, 11 minutes, 18 seconds. Wodajo, the pre-race favorite, finished well ahead of Benjamin Itok, who finished in 2:12:08, and Francis Kiprop, who crossed in 2:12:59. Luminita Zaituc of Germany, a former European Championships silver medalist, won the women's race in 2:28:24. Sun Weiwei of China was second in 2:29:38, followed by Yelena Tichonova of Russia in third in 2:45:54.
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Kibet wins Rock 'n' Roll
Kenya's Duncan Kibet won the Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon in San Jose, California, on Sunday in 1 hour, 22 seconds, the second-fastest time in the 21.1km event ever in the US. The 28-year-old Kibet's time is second only to Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, who set the world record of 58:55 on Jan. 15 in Tempe, Arizona. "I expected to run fast here, but I was worried that the pack would catch me," Kibet said of his fast pace early. "I was happy with my time and the course was very fast." Russia's Silvia Skvortsova won the women's race, pulling away over the final kilometer to edge Edna Kiplagat of Kenya in a personal-best 1:09:17.
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Ndereba triumphs in Boston
After waiting too long to make his final charge at last year's Boston Athletic Association half marathon, Kenyan Samuel Ndereba learned his lesson. Ndereba won the race on Sunday, beating Richard Kiplagat by more than 12 seconds. Ireland's Marie Davenport won the women's race. Each winner earned US$5,000. Last year, Ndereba -- whose sister Catherine is a four-time women's champion of the Boston Marathon -- waited until the final kilometer to make his push but finished second, 12 seconds behind Celedonio Rodriguez. This time, Rodriguez led a pack of six for much of the first part of the race. Ndereba, Kiplagat and third-place Michael Misoi remained close before leaving Rodriguez behind 8km into the race.
Smith, Carlos attend funeral
Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who gave the historic black power salutes at the 1968 Olympics, have reunited for the final time with the third man on the podium that year. Smith and Carlos attended the funeral yesterday of Peter Norman, the Australian sprinter who died last week of a heart attack at the age of 64. The two Americans acted as pallbearers at the funeral attended by about 800 people at a town hall at Williamstown, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Norman won the silver medal in the 200m at the Mexico City Games, his time of 20.06 seconds still a national record. Smith set a world record in winning the gold medal and Carlos took the bronze, and their civil rights protest became a flash point of the Olympics.