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Famiglietti wins USA 8K Championships in New York

New York City’s Anthony Famiglietti, 28, won the USA Men’s 8K Championships this morning in Central Park in 22:35, outduelling Abdi Abdirahman, 30, of Tuscon, AZ (22:41), and Bolota Asmerom, 28, of Oakland (22:48), in cold, windy conditions.

The race took place 24 hours later than its originally scheduled start time on Saturday morning due to a severe late-season snow and ice storm that raged all day Friday and into Saturday, shutting down airports and highways, and making the Central Park roads unsafe for high-speed racing. Officials of New York Road Runners (NYRR), the hosts of the championships, made the decision at 4:30 a.m. Saturday to postpone the race.

The race took place on a 1.7-mile loop at the southern end of the park, with the runners completing just under three laps. Famiglietti tucked into a pack including Abdirahman, Asmerom, defending USA 8K champion Jorge Torres, Dan Browne, Matt Gabrielson, and others until just after the 5K mark, when he smoothly moved to the front. Abdirahman, Browne, and Asmerom attempted to cover the move but only Abdirahman maintained close contact. “He (Famiglietti) made one move and that was it,” said Asmerom.

“I train here every day, and it’s always great to have the opportunity to run fast in the park,” said Famiglietti, who was third in this race in 2005 and 2002 and second in 2004. “My strategy was to run as even as possible. That is one thing I learned in running the 10K (on the track) last year.” Famiglietti ran 27:37.74 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in 2006 in his debut at the distance.

From New York Road Runners