Carlsbad, California Ã¢â‚¬â€ World record holder Meseret Defar of Ethiopia became the first three-time women’s champion of the Carlsbad 5000 when she finished the 25th anniversary race here on Sunday in a time of 15 minutes and 4 seconds, followed by defending champion and fellow compatriot Aheza Kiros and Meskerem Assefa.
Ã‚Â In the menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race, KenyaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ‚Â EluidÃ‚Â Kipchoge crossed the finish line in 13:11, followed by a trio of Ethiopians: Ã‚Â Dejen Gebremeskel, Bekana Daba and Markos Geneti.
Kipchoge and DefarÃ‚Â earned $5,000 each but failed to break their respective world records and missed out on the $10,000 bonus.
Meseret, who is rumoured to be paid a $20,000 for appearance fee, has been competing here since 2002 when she was just 18.
The silver anniversary drew nearly 10,000 entrants for the 9 races held throughout the morning. NBA Hall of Famer and San Diego legend Bill Walton served as the eventÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lead cyclist to enthusiastic support of spectators.Ã‚Â
The event is the home of the current worldÃ‚Â 5K road records: 13:00, SammyÃ‚Â Kipketer (KEN), 2000 & 2001, and 14:46,Ã‚Â MeseretÃ‚Â Defar (ETH), 2006.Ã‚Â
The 26th Carlsbad 5000 is set for Sunday, April 3, 2011. Ã‚Â
- Eliud Kipchoge, KEN, 13:11, $5,000
- Dejen Gebremekel, ETH, 13:18, $3,500
- Bekana Daba, ETH, 13:24, $2,000
- Markos Geneti, ETH, 13:34, $1,000
- Ã‚Â Meseret Defar, ETH, 15:04, $5,000
- Ã‚Â Aheza Kiros, ETH, 15:26, $3,500
- Ã‚Â Meskerem Assefa, ETH, 15:55, $2,000