Kogo wins Mens' Elite contest; Chepkurui is new Womens' Elite champion - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Kogo wins Mens' Elite contest; Chepkurui is new Womens' Elite champion

Aaron Gordian wins mens' wheelchair contest Aaron Gordian wins mens' wheelchair contest
New Womens' Elite champion Lineth Chepkurui New Womens' Elite champion Lineth Chepkurui
Mens' Elite Champion Micah Kogo Mens' Elite Champion Micah Kogo
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SPOKANE, Wash. - A whopping $56,000 in prize money was ripe for the taking at Bloomsday this year and results for this year's race are in.

21-year old Micah Kogo has won the Mens' Elite competition in record time of 33 minutes and 51 seconds. 20-year old Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya is the new Womens' Elite champion.

44-year old Aaron Gordian of Mexico City has won the men's wheelchair race, ending Saul Mendoza's 10-year victory streak. Amanda McGrory successfully defended her title winning the Women's Elite Wheelchair competition again.


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For the men, three-time champion John Korir from Kenya was once again the man to beat as he was hoping to add a fourth Bloomsday title, having won in 2003, 2005 and 2007.

All combined, the 2008 Bloomsday men's elite field featured athletes who had run five of the ten fastest road 10K times in the world for 2008.

With the Womens' Elite title up for grabs, Catherine Ndereba, 2007 World Marathon champion and 4-time Boston Marathon winner, were two returning Bloomsday money winners from 2007.

However, a new Bloomsday champion, Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya, was crowned. Last year's champion, Edna Kiplagat, did not compete.

This year's wheelchair competition was hotly contested as promised, with 2007 winners Saul Mendoza of Mexico and Amanda McGrory returning to defend their titles.
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