Patience brings victory, national record to Adere
|IAAF| October 23, 2006
There was no such drama for the women, as their race could almost be characterized as two races melded into one. Ethiopia’s Berhane Adere won a dual with Russia’s Galina Bogolomova to win the women’s division by five seconds in a time of 2:20:42.
Romania’s Constantina Tomescu-Dita had indicated before the race that she wanted to run a sub 2:20, just as Deena Kastor had prior to last year’s race. On Sunday, she set out to execute that plan. Running with a group of men, many of whom run for the Hansons Brooks team who were attempting to run qualifying times for the US Olympic Trials, Tomescu-Dita covered the first 15K in 48:14, 5:11 per mile, not far off Paula Radcliffe’s World record pace. She was through half way in 1:08:07 and had a two minute, eight second lead on the chase pack, which included Bogomolova, Adere, third place finisher Benita Johnson of Australia, Japan’s Hiromi Ominami, Russia’s Lyudmila Petrova, and fourth place finisher, Madai Perez Carrillo of Mexico.
No longer running with the men, Tomescu-Dita now found herself alone and feeling the effects of cold weather (39 F./4 C. at the start) and the gusty winds. She gradually slowed as the pack behind her became smaller but so did the gap between them. By 30K, Adere and Bogomolova were the chase group and they were 1:42 behind Tomescu-Dita. At 35K that gap had narrowed to 50 seconds and, more importantly, the pair could finally see the Romanian in front of them. Just past the 23 mile mark, the duo swept past her and Tomescu-Dita was unable to respond. Fearing Adere’s finishing speed, Bogomolova did everything she could to attempt to break away, but to no avail.
With about a half mile to go in the race, about the same point that Cheruiyot had made his first surge near the finish, Adere picked up her tempo and quickly opened up about a 10 meter gap, which she was able to hold to the finish.
“Obviously I wanted to win, but I knew it was going to be difficult for me,” said Bogomolova.