2010 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships
October 16, 2010
Sean Quigley (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Stephanie Rothstein (Flagstaff, Ariz.) each scored 19th-place finishes in the respective men's and women's races at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Nanning, China .
Wilson Kiprop of Kenya took the men's title in 1:00:07. Quigley was timed in 1:03:23, while Vega finished 23rd in 1:03:37. Andrew Carlson (Flagstaff, Ariz.) finished as the third scoring member of Team USA, running 1:05:38 for 39th-place. Ben Bruce (Eugene, Ore.) and Stephan Shay(Oakland, Calif.) finished 56th and 58th in 1:09:26 and 1:10:12 respectively.
Kenya took their fifth consecutive team title with a total time of 3:01:32 over Eritrea, who finished with a total time of 3:03:4. Team USA finished sixth in 3:12:38.
In the women's race, Kiprop's teammate, Florence Kiplagat, dueled with Dire Tune of Ethiopia over the final kilometer before pulling away for a 10 second win. Running 1:08:24, Kiplagat led Kenya to a sweep of both the individual and team titles.
Rothstein made a final surge over the final two kilometers of the race that moved her into 19th place, hitting the line in 1:13:37. Samia Akbar (Herndon, Va.) and Loretta Kilmer (New York, N.Y.) rounded out the Team USA score, finishing 36th and 38th in 1:16:15 and 1:16:32 respectively. Kristen Zaitz (Boulder, Colo.) and Heidi Westover (Walpole, N.H.) finished 39th and 41st, in 1:16:51 and 1:18:06.
In the team race, like their male compatriots, the women of Team Kenya won their fifth consecutive title in 3:26:59. Ethiopia was second in 3:27:33. Team USA finished seventh in 3:46:24.
A total of $245,000 prize money was offered at the championships, with $30,000 going to the individual champions and $15,000 to the respective men's and women's team champions.