USATF Long Distance Running Notes

04-10-2006

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Jim Estes
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From Elite Racing, Inc.

Women's World Record Shattered at Carlsbad 5000

CARLSBAD, Calif. (April 9, 2006) -- Olympic gold medalist Meseret Defar of Ethiopia made her fourth appearance count when she shattered the women's 5,000 -meter world record at Elite Racing's Carlsbad 5000 Sunday, winning in a time of 14:46 over the 3.1-mile course. The men's road race was equally exciting as Ethiopian Abreham Cherkos, just 18 years old, announced himself in grand fashion as he won in 13:15 in his first appearance in the United States.

Defar, who won the gold medal in the 5,000-meters at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, obliterated the old mark of 14:51, held by Britain's Paula Radcliffe and matched by Ethiopian youngster Tirunesh Dibaba here last year. It marked the 16th world record broken over the 21-year history of the race that runs along the Pacific Ocean.

Carmen Ayala-Troncoso, the masters ace from Austin, Texas, won the women's masters division in a pending 45-49 U.S. age group record of 16:50. Sean Wade of Houston, Texas, won the masters men's division in 14:53.

More than 8,000 participants competed in nine age-group races, enjoying sunny cool conditions throughout the day's events.

For more information visit www.eliteracing.com.

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