Bloomsday 2007 Winners: Korir wins mens' elite division, Kipligat takes the womens' - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Bloomsday 2007 Winners: Korir wins mens' elite division, Kipligat takes the womens'

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Edna Kiplagat wins women's elite division Edna Kiplagat wins women's elite division

SPOKANE, Wash. - John Korir has once again finished in first place at Bloomsday.  The 31-year-old from Kenya crossed the line in first place for the first time since 2005. 

He almost took a wrong turn, appearing to be unsure of the changed race course.  But he held on to cross the line in first place.

Korir also won the men's elite division in 2003.

Korir's other notable finishes include:
3rd place at 2007 Abraham Rosa 10k
3rd place at 2007 Borden Uptown Run 8k
Bloomsday champion 2003, 2005
3rd place at 2006 Falmouth Road Race 7 Mile
Champion 2006 Steamboat Classic 4 Mile


SPOKANE, Wash. - Edna Kiplagat, whose best finish was 2nd place at the 2006 Rock n Roll San Jose Half Marathon, won the women's elite field at Bloomsday 2007.

Kiplagat, from Kenya, was all alone as she stretched passed the finish line at the Monroe Street Bridge.

Kiplagat's other finishes include:
10th place at 2007 World's Best 10k time.
2nd place at 2006 Rock n Roll San Jose Marathon
2nd place at 2006 Jefferson Hospital Philadelphia Distance Run Half Marathon
3rd place at 2006 Falmouth Road Race 7 Mile


SPOKANE, Wash. - For the first time in many years, the perennial favorite in the men's Bloomsday wheelchair race faced a challenger.  Saul Mendoza won, but just barely.

Mendoza, who has won the men's wheelchair division every year since 1998, faced a challenge from the very beginning.  Then, on Doomsday Hill, where Mendoza usually pulls away from the pack, he and everyone else noticed something unusual: there was someone there with him.

As the race entered its final leg, his challenger was still with him.  As the two approached the finish line on the Monroe Street bridge, they were one and two, with Mendoza holding onto a narrow lead.  He wound up winning with a time of 27:06.
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