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Korir’s Falmouth win earns him USATF Athlete of the Week honors

8/21/2019
 

INDIANAPOLIS -- Leonard Korir (Colorado Springs, Colorado) won the men’s title at the New Balance Falmouth Road Race to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.


Korir, a 2016 Olympian and 2017 World Championships team member in the 10,000 meters, became the first American man since Mark Curp in 1988 to win the prestigious seven-mile race in Massachusetts. He won by 18 seconds in 32:11, improving on a pair of second-place finishes in 2016 and 2017 and beating ‘17 champion Stephen Sambu of Kenya, who won four straight Falmouth titles from 2014-17.


Full results are here.


Other notable performances from the previous week:


Ajee’ Wilson — Wilson was the lone U.S. winner at the Birmingham Diamond League meet in England, taking the 800 in 2:00.76.

David Angell — Angell defended his USATF Masters 5K road championship in Atlanta with a 15:41.

Marisa Sutera Strange — Strange, 56, ran 18:38 at the USATF Masters women’s 5K road championships, age-grading at 94.86%, the highest of all competitors.



Now in its 18th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on USATF.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

 

2019 Winners: January 9, Nick Christie; January 16, Hillary Bor; January 23, Taylor Ewert; January 30, Devin Dixon; February 6, Alison Wood; February 13, Ajee’ Wilson; February 20, Abbabiya Simbassa; February 27, Athing Mu; March 6, Neringa Jakstiene; March 13, Grant Holloway; March 20, Robyn Stevens; March 27, Deena Kastor; April 3, Irene Obera; April 10, Stanley Kebenei; April 17, Israel Merkle; April 24, Ryan Crouser; May 1, Emily Sisson; May 8, Kayla White; May 15, Parker Stinson; May 22, Kenny Bednarek; May 29, Sha’Carri Richardson; June 6, Brooke Andersen; June 12, Sha’Carri Richardson; June 19, Kayla Davis; June 26, Jordan Gray; July 3, Will Claye; July 10, Noah Lyles; July 17, Florence Meiler; July 24, Matthew Boling; July 31, Dalilah Muhammad; August 7, Cory McGee; August 14, Kara Winger; August 21, Leonard Korir.

 

We welcome your nominations!


To nominate an athlete for USATF Athlete of the Week, please send a detailed email about his/her performance to communications@usatf.org.

 

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