Deena Kastor running in the 30th Gate River Run missing 15km Area record by 5 seconds (Victah Sailer) © Copyright
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Kastor just five seconds off her Area 15km record

Olympic marathon bronze medallist Deena Kastor narrowly missed her North American women’s 15 kilometres road running record when winning yesterday’s USA Championships at the 30th edition of the Gate River Run in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.

Kastor‘s 47:20 victory which was a near solo run was just 5 seconds short of the mark she set when claiming the title over the same Gate River Run course four years ago. Kastor, 32, is focussing on the Boston Marathon this spring.

In taking his sixth men’s victory Meb Keflezighi was more than a minute off the course record (43:39) beating Ryan Hall, the 2007 USA Half-Marathon champion and U.S. record holder, by 21 seconds in the process.

Olympic Marathon silver medallist Keflezighi, the defending and five-time USA 15K champion pulled away from Hall who had led for the first 5K.

In total there were 11,326 finishers which was a race record.