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Jamaican Kimarra McDonald storms to victory in women's 10K

Sunday, January 14, 2018

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HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) — Jamaican middle-distance runner Kimarra McDonald stormed to an emphatic victory yesterday in the 10-kilometre women's race on day two of the Bermuda Marathon Weekend.

McDonald, 30, hit the tape in 40 minutes and seven seconds, well clear of two Americans.

Angel Piccirillo, who won Friday night's women's elite mile race, in which McDonald finished last of the four runners, was second in 40:28 with compatriot Dara Filut third in 43:19.

It was McDonald's first success over the 10K distance.

“This is my first time on the podium in the whole event and it feels good,” McDonald said after finishing 13th overall, with the first three places in the men's race going to Ethiopians.

“There wasn't a real plan, so I guess the general plan was to finish. Maybe go out conservatively and then just re-evaluate from there.

“The course is hard. But I've learnt that apparently I'm good at hills, and so I guess it's the islander in me.”

Ethiopian Birhanu Dare Kemal, meanwhile, spreadeagled the field to win the men's 10K.

The Ethiopian led the field across the line at the National Stadium in 32 minutes, more than a minute ahead of compatriot Abu Kebede Diriba, who finished second in 33:02. Girma Bekele Gebre finished third in 34:17 to complete a clean sweep of the podium by Ethiopian runners.

The race weekend concludes today with a marathon and half-marathon.

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