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BLOOMSDAY: Kiprono Takes Home Second Elite Men's Title

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Allan Kiprono ran away from the field, literally, to finish 29 seconds faster than anyone else to win his second Bloomsday. Allan Kiprono ran away from the field, literally, to finish 29 seconds faster than anyone else to win his second Bloomsday.
Allan Kiprono crossed the finish line on the Monroe Street Bridge with 34:11 on the clock to win his second Bloomsday on Sunday, May 4, in Spokane, Wash. Kiprono, 24, placed third in last year's Bloomsday, after he won for the first time in 2012. The 24-year old Kenyan also holds the No. 6 top-Bloomsday finish (33:59) from when he finished second in 2011. 

"I was so happy to win this race because I did not win last year," Kiprono said at the finish line. "But I did win in 2012. So I was happy to win this race again this year." 

Trailing Kiprono by 29 seconds to finish second was Kevin Kochei, 24, with a time of 34: 40. Kochei entered into the race with a personal best of 29:13 in 10k competition. The No. 11 bib, Cleophas Ngetich, took third only 2 seconds behind Kochei. Ngetich, 24, placed second at the 2014 Azalea Trail Run 10k (28:02). 

The top American finisher was Aaron Braun of Alamosa, Calif. crossing the line with a time of 35:11. Braun was the champion of the 2013 U.S. National Road Racing Championships 12k (34:28) and placed second at the 2014 Houston Half Marathon (1:01:38).

Drew Polley of Pullman, Wash. won the Washington State division with a time of 38:30. 

Men's Top 25 Results

1 ALLAN KIPRONO KENYA 34:11

2 KEVIN K KOCHEI KENYA 34:40

3 CLEOPHAS NGETICH KENYA 34:42

4 AARON BRAUN ALAMOSA,CA 35:11

5 STEPHEN MUANGE KENYA 35:13

6 SIMON G NDIRANGU KENYA 35:19

7 SHADRACK K BIWOTT FOLSOM,CA 35:19

8 MACDONARD ONDARA KENYA 35:33

9 ASCHALEW MEKETA ETHIOPIA 35:35

10 DOMINIC P ONDORO KENYA 35:41

11 KEVIN CHELIMO KENYA 35:45

12 GABRIEL J PROCTOR MAMMOTH LAKES,CA 35:52

13 LANI RUTTO KENYA 35:53

14 JOSEPH J GRAY LAKEWOOD,WA 35:59

15 PATRICK SMYTH SALT LAKE CITY,UT 36:04

16 JULIUS K KETER KENYA 36:26

17 GILBERT K OKARI KENYA 36:45

18 MATTHEW K WILLIAMS SAN ANTONIO,TX 36:53

19 GURMESSA MEGERSSA WASHINGTON,DC 36:54

20 KEVIN J CASTILLE LAFAYETTE,LA 36:57

21 HILLARY K CHESIRE KENYA 37:03

22 JORDAN M WELLING PORTLAND,OR 37:12

23 JAMES WALMSLEY BLACK EAGLE,MT 37:16

24 SAMMY KIPLAGAT KENYA 38:01

25 PHILEMON CHEBOI KENYA 38:01

*All result times are unofficial. Race results will not be deemed official until the 24 hour protest period has expired at 8PM PST on Monday, May 5th.

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