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2009 Asics British London 10K

2009 Asics British London 10km
Cyrus and Catherine Ndereba won the 2009 Asics British London 10K. Photo: Victah Sailer

Written By Victah Sailer

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Ndereba Times Two

A familiar name took both titles in the Asics British London 10K earlier today in London. Newcomer Cyrus Ndereba shared the winner’s honors with his older, more famous sister Catherine. Running his first race outside Kenya, the 27-year-old ran easy, finishing 2 minutes ahead of the next finisher, gliding over the finish line in 30:19. It was only some strong gusting winds on the way back that slowed his pace. It was his first outing in a road 10K. He’d finished 7th at the Kenya Armed Forces 10,000 in May in 29:15 at altitude.

The ladies race had the star power, featuring 2008 gold and silver Olympic medallists Constantina Dita and Catherine Ndereba. The two ran together through the architectural splendor of the city of London for the first 4 kilometers, when the reigning IAAF World Marathon Champion pulled away to keep the race title a family affair. Ndereba repeated her 2002 Asics British London 10K victory, running a comfortable 33:54, finishing 7th overall. In fact, the top 3 ladies made it into the top 11, of a race that featured 27,400 entrants. The surprise second-place finisher was running her first road 10K, as British duathlete Kat Grimmett took the runner-up position. Ndereba looks to her next conquest at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race in Bogota on August 2nd.

Results:

Men

1 Cyrus Ndereba-KEN 30:19
2 Ryan McKinlay-ENG 32:06
3 – Luca Tassarotti-ITA 32:15

Women

1 Catherine Ndereba-KEN 33:54
2 Kat Grimmett-ENG 34:19
3 Constantina Dita-ROM 34:30