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PHOENIX — It’s no secret that Kara Goucher doesn’t like to lose. And that doesn’t bode well for her competition at April’s Boston Marathon.Goucher, 32, returned to road racing at the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half-Marathon Sunday morning, overcoming an adversity-filled week to finish second in the woman’s 13.1-mile race. Despite accomplishing her goals of shaking off the rust and toeing a start line after more than a year away from the sport, the 2008 Olympian left the finish line at Arizona State University with her competitive fire burning a little hotter.
“I don’t like to lose and I don’t like to not run fast, I’m definitely ready to get home and work out. It’s motivating for sure,” said Goucher, who is ninety-two days away from Marathon Monday in Boston. “I had a great experience, but it stings a little. I’m not used to…not only losing, but being so far out of it. I accomplished what I needed to today, but I’m leaving here hungrier than when I arrived.”
The top-ranked U.S. women’s marathoner in 2009, Goucher was previously unbeaten over the half-marathon distance. She finished with an official time of 1:14:02, with Madai Perez of Mexico winning in 1 hour, 11 minutes, 49 seconds. Perez, who has finished 11th and 15th at recent World Championship Marathons and placed 19th at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Marathon, led from the start clocking a 5:12 opening mile.
Kara Goucher is due to make her return to competitive road racing this coming weekend at the Rock N Roll Arizona half-marathon in Phoenix. Goucher has been taking off time to give birth to her first child Colt, who was born on September 25th, 2010. In the last few weeks, race organizers have made much ado about Kara’s appearance and her battle of words with Mario Fraioli of Competitor Group, who had planned to take Kara on at the race. In a posting yesterday on her blog, it now sounds that Kara may be questionable for the race.
In a posting on January 12th, 2011, Kara explains that newborn Colt was recently admitted to the hospital with an abscess in his neck. Apparently the problem was big enough that he was having trouble holding his head up, according to the posting. Kara writes, “we were supposed to travel to Arizona today for the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon, but that’s not going to happen. The doctor says Colt can travel as soon as he’s released, but that might not happen until Friday.”
Goucher explained that with motherhood brings new priorities and sacrifices and “now [that] I am a mother . . . those sacrifices are a reality.”
Goucher ends the post noting that she is still looking forward to running the race and is keeping up hope that it will happen.
We wish baby Colt, Kara and husband Adam well and hope for a speedy recovery. We’ll keep you posted on Kara’s status for the race this weekend. Everyone is looking forward to the return of one of America’s best runners to competitive racing, whenever that happens.
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BOSTON — The organizers of the Boston Marathon have announced the international elite field for the 2010 Marathon. 2009 Boston Marathon champions Deriba Merga of Ethiopia and Salina Kosgei of Kenya will return to defend their titles for the 114th running of the race on April 19.
Among other returning champions Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya, Dire Tune of Ethiopia, and Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia will also be contending for the title. Organizers announced separately back in December that Americans Ryan Hall and Meb Keflezighi will lead the American contingent at the event.
In the 2009 men’s race, Deriba Merga of Ethiopia clipped Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot’s three-in-a-row streak and ran away from the lead pack in the Newton hills, unchallenged to the finish. Merga is just one of three Ethiopians to interrupt Kenyan dominance of the event over the past two decades.
BERLIN – 2008 Olympic Trials 5,000m champion and 10,000m runner-up Kara Goucher (Portland, Ore.) was the top U.S. finisher at the women’s World Marathon Cup competition Sunday through the streets of Berlin. The race was contested under mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the low 70’s.
Goucher, who stayed with the main pack for the majority of the race, finished 10th in a season’s best time of 2 hours 27 minutes 48 seconds. Goucher’s finish is the highest by an American woman in the World Championships marathon since Linda Somers finished seventh in 1995.
The race was won by 20 year-old Xue Bai of China who outlasted a dwindling lead pack of runners late in the race. Bai finished in 2:25:15 to take the World Championship crown. Yoshimi Ozaki of Japan (2:25:25) took the silver medal, while Aselefech Mergia of Ethiopia took the bronze (2:25:32).
Two-time Boston Marathon winner Dire Tune tripped over another runner at 25KM and fell off the pace, having lost her rhythm. In the ensuring miles, the lead group continued to fall apart, with Goucher falling out of the lead group after the 25KM mark.
BERLIN – Maggie Vessey, Christin Wurth-Thomas, Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher and Jenny Barringer will lead a crew of American female distance runners at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, August 15-23 in Berlin, Germany.
2007 World Outdoor 10,000m bronze medalist Kara Goucher leads the American marathon team in Berlin. Having finished third in both the New York City and Boston Marathons, Goucher turned in a 1:08:05 in the women’s half marathon in Chicago just a few weeks ago and looks to be on target to collect the first U.S. medal in the marathon since 1983. Rounding out the five-person team will be Desirae Davila, Paige Higgins, Zoila Gomez and Tera Moody.
Three-time NCAA Outdoor 5,000m champion Jen Rhines will be running in her fourth World Championships, after finishing as the runner-up in the women’s 5,000m in Eugene. The seventh-place finisher at this event as the 2007 World Outdoor Championships in Osaka, Japan, Rhines will be joined on the track by USA Outdoors fourth-place finisher Julie Culley, who placed seventh at the 2008 Olympic Trials.
2008 Olympians Amy Yoder Begley and Shalane Flanagan charged into Berlin in anticipation of what’s to come in the 10,000m final at the 2009 World Championships. In the 10,000m final at the U.S. Championships this past June, Yoder Begley and 2008 Olympic 10,000m bronze medalist Flanagan traded the lead twice in the final lap, with Yoder Begley emerging as the victor in 31 minutes, 22.69 seconds, which is the #9 U.S. women’s 10,000m time in history. Flanagan was the runner-up in 31:23.43. Joining them will be 2005 U.S. champion Katie McGregor, who took third in Eugene.
INDIANAPOLIS – Reigning world champions Tyson Gay, Bernard Lagat, Allyson Felix, Jeremy Wariner, Kerron Clement, Michelle Perry, Reese Hoffa and Brad Walker will lead a potent Team USA roster at the 2009 IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships. USA Track & Field on Tuesday announced the Team USA roster for the 12th edition of the Championships, which will be held August 15-23, 2009 in Berlin, Germany.
This will be the first time Team USA has returned to Berlin for a major international championship competition since the 1936 Olympic Games, where National Track & Field Hall of Famer Jesse Owens won gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump.
At the most recent World Outdoor Championships in 2007 in Osaka, Japan, Team USA tied the all-time World Championships record for gold medals with 14, matching its feat from 2005, and tied the American all-time medal tally at a World Outdoor Championships with 26. In Osaka, Team USA led a medal table in which a record 46 countries won medals. When Team USA last won 26 medals at a World Outdoor Championships in 1991, just 29 countries appeared on the medal table.
Team USA has dominated the 11 previous World Outdoor Championships with its overall total of 228 medals (110 gold, 60 silver, 38 bronze). Russia is in second place on the all-time medal table with 122 medals (33 gold, 51 silver, 38 bronze).
The highly accomplished 2009 Team USA squad consists of 20 Olympic medalists, 28 World Outdoor Championships medalists and 10 American record holders.
Chicago –- A sold-out field of 18,000 runners will take to the streets of downtown Chicago for the first running of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon on Sunday, August 2. Formerly known as the Chicago Distance Classic, the 13.1-mile race course will include live bands at 14 entertainment stages interspersed with themed water stations and cheerleaders along each mile of the route.
“The downtown course and timing of the event have made the Chicago race one of the most anticipated Rock ‘n’ Roll events across the series,” said Elizabeth O’Brien, General Manager of the event. “The local community has always welcomed the half-marathon with open arms and we are excited become a part of the tradition of the Distance Classic and show Chicago how fun a Rock ‘n’ Roll event can be.”
The field will be led by American distance star Kara Goucher, who will be making her half marathon debut on U.S. soil. The race will be webcast on www.competitor.com with live commentary provided by former U.S. track Olympians Todd Williams and Juli Henner Benson.
Goucher will use the race is a tuneup for the Marathon World Championships Aug. 23 in Berlin. The U.S. Olympian is also throwing out a ceremonial first pitch before Saturday’s nationally televised White Sox-Yankee game at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.
Less than a year ago, Goucher amazed U.S. road racing fans with an inspiring third place debut at the 2008 ING New York City Marathon, the first time in 14 years that an American woman had placed in the top three. Her second marathon in Boston earlier this year saw her place third in a tight finish on the home stretch. Her performance was the best finish by a U.S. woman at the Boston Marathon since 1993.
“I’m excited to be part of the first Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon. I’m grateful for the opportunity to race as part of my preparations for the World Championships here on home soil, in one of the true great sporting cities.” said Goucher, who will use the race in preparation to run the marathon at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships August 23 in Berlin.
EUGENE – Rivalries lead the way in the women’s distance events as Jenny Barringer will face Anna Willard in the 1,500m and 3,000m steeplechase, and Shalane Flanagan will go toe-to-toe with Kara Goucher in the women’s 5,000 and 10,000m at the 2009 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 25-28 at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene.
The USA Championships will feature the nation’s finest professional track and field athletes competing for national honors and spots on the Team USA roster for the 2009 IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Berlin, Germany. The World Championships will be held at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Stadium, where National Track & Field Hall of Famer and American icon Jesse Owens won gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump.
5,000 and 10,000m double double
2008 Olympic Games 10,000m bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan is set to go head-to-head with 2007 World Outdoor 10,000m bronze medalist Kara Goucher in the Nike women’s 5,000 and 10,000m next week.
Flanagan has made her mark on the record books over the past few years, setting American records outdoors in the 5,000 and 10,000m and indoors in the 3,000 and 5,000m. At the 2008 Olympic Team Trials, she won the 10,000m and placed third in the 5,000m and followed that up in Beijing with a bronze medal and an American record at 10,000m along with a 10th-place finish over 5,000m.
USA Track and Field, the governing body of running in the United States, has named the mens and womens members of the 2009 USA Marathon Team. These are the athletes that will represent the USA at the 2009 World Championships in the marathon.
The men’s team will be comprised of Dan Browne (Portland, Ore), Nate Jenkins (Lowell, Mass.), Justin Young (Superior, Colo.), Fernando Cabada (Boulder, Colo.) and Matt Gabrielson.
The women’s team will be made up of Kara Goucher (Portland, Ore.), Desiree Davila (Rochester Hills, Mich.), Paige Higgins (Flagstaff, Ariz.), Zoila Gomez (Alamosa, Colo.) and Tera Moody (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
The World Championship races will be held August 22nd and 23rd, 2009 in Berlin, Germany.