Ethiopian runners Leul Gebresilase and Netsanet Gudeta won, respectively the men and women’s titles of Ottawa 10K road race in the capital of Canada, Ottawa.

By Gord Holder (Ottawa Citizen) |

OTTAWA, ON― Leul Gebresilase and Netsanet Gudeta of Ethiopia won the men’s and women’s titles in the Ottawa 10K road race on Saturday evening.

Neither of their times threatened course records in the event, but Leul Gebresilase (28:43) and Netsanet Gudeta (31:35) both earned $8,000 for first place, and Gudeta added a $4,000 bonus in the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend “gender competition” after beating all men to the finish line, factoring in the headstart of three minutes 10 seconds given to the elite women.

Eric Gillis (30:09) of Guelph, Ont., and Rachel Cliff (33:35) of Vancouver finished first among Canadians in the races designated as national championships by Athletics Canada. They were eighth and fifth overall among men and women, respectively.

The 10-kilometre race was the featured event of the first day of Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, with the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon taking the spotlight on Sunday morning.

That race will include about 100 athletes, including eight Canadians, taking part in the world military marathon championships.

Unlike last year, when extreme heat led organizers to delay the start of the 10K until later in the evening, Saturday’s event took place in favorable conditions for runners.

Men’s Title
1. Leul Gebresilase (ETH) 28:43
2. Martin Hehir (KEN) 29:05
3. Nicholas Bor (KEN) 29:43

Women’s Title
1. Netsanet Gudeta (ETH) 31:35
2. Paskalia Chepkorir (USA) 32:08
3. Monicah Ngige (KEN) 32:46

Source: Ottawa Citizen
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