Baldini wins British 10km; Kiplagat overall third
7 July 2008 - London, UK - Over 26,000 runners gathered in central London yesterday to take part in the eighth ASICS British 10K London Run, including some of the top names in the sport. The race started in summer sunshine but by the time the leaders crossed the line wind and rain was sweeping the course.
Successfully defending his 2007 title, the race was won by Olympic and European marathon champion Stefano Baldini. The Italian runner finished the race buffeted by the weather in a time of 30:06, crossing the line carrying a 1948 Olympic torch.
Second place was taken the Dutch runner Hugo Van De Broek, who trailed Baldini until the 7k mark, when Baldini pulled away to cement his lead, leaving De Broek to come in 18 seconds behind with a time of 32:24.
Third place was taken by the Dutch female Lornah Kiplagat, the double Road Running champion and World record holder for 20k and half marathon, who held first female position from the start to the finish. A well deserved victory that banished the spectre of last year, when Kiplagat had to pull out of the 2007 race after only 600 metres with a calf injury. Her time was 32:13.
The second woman home was fellow Dutch runner Hilda Kibet, who came in 7th place overall with a time of 32:34. Both Kibet and Kiplagat will be running the 10,000m in Beijing.
Kenya’s World marathon champion Catherine Ndereba took 3rd position in the women’s division (11th overall) with a time of 33:33.
Steve Carter for the IAAF
women finishers in italics
1 Stefano Baldini 30:06 Italy
2 Hugo Van De Broek 30:24 Netherlands
3 Lornah Kiplagat 32:13 Netherlands
4 Ben Hope 32:19
5 Glen Saqui 32:29
6 Kasse Tadesse 32:34
7 Hilda Kibet 32:41 Netherlands
8 Huessin Ahmed 32:57 Egypt
9 Ali Hammad 33:14 Egypt
10 Peter Downie 33:27
11 Catherine Ndereba 33:33 Kenya