Micah Kogo 2nd in Falmouth
Falmouth, 14th August 2011 – Olympic medallist Micah Kogo (KEN) placed 2nd to fellow Kenyan Lucas Rotich in the Falmouth Road Race in USA. Kogo, the 2007 Falmouth winner, clocked 31:41 for the 7.1 mile course, four seconds behind Rotich. Race report from David Monti -
The men's race saw it's own pack separate from the field after two miles, hit in 9:06. Micah Kogo, the 2007 Falmouth Road Race champion and last Saturday's Beach to Beacon winner, was joined by fellow Kenyans Lucas Rotich and Edward Muge, as well as American steeplechaser Brian Olinger. Approaching 5 kilometers, Kogo and Rotich began to leave Olinger and Muge behind, a gap of about 13 seconds in between. With a steady wind blowing across their right shoulders, Kogo and Rotich were playing the waiting game, staying side-by-side one another.
Until 10 kilometers, the two groups remained unchanged: Kogo and Rotich up front two abreast, with Olinger and Muge ten seconds back, the American on one side of the road, with the Kenyan on the other. But one thing stood out to all on the press truck-- the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Kogo had gone for water twice, crossing the road abruptly each time he reached for a cup. "I see him drink a lot of water, and I say maybe he has a problem," said Rotich later, who didn't grab any of his own during the 7.1 mile race.
Rotich knew that was a sign the 25-year-old wasn't feeling as good as he had in last week's race where Rotich finished second. But Rotich had his own troubles; he didn't know the course, and wasn't sure how much running was left. Rotich asked Kogo, and got his answer. "For me, it is quite difficult to lie to someone when running," said the honest Kogo. Despite that, with a mile to go, Rotich took sole command of the lead for the first time. As soon as Kogo tucked in behind, hoping to save any time he could, Rotich was gone. Lengthening the gap all the way to the finish, Rotich crossed in 31:37, four seconds ahead of Kogo's 31:41. Charging down the final hill in third came Muge in 32:02, 14 seconds ahead of Olinger.
On a quiet weekend on the track Nicola Sanders (GBR) warmed up for the World Championships in Daegu with a win in the 400m in Mannheim, Germany.
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