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Lelisa Desisa, Kim Smith win BAA Half Marathon titles

Posted by Staff  October 13, 2013 10:28 AM

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More than 6,500 runners competed in the Boston Athletic Association Half Marathon on Sunday. (AP photo)



2013 Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa won the BAA Half Marathon Sunday morning, breaking the course record set just last year.

The Ethiopian won the 13.1 mile race just six months after winning the full marathon title on Patriots' Day.

Desisa's time of 1:00:34 beat the mark of 1:01:44 set in 2012 by Allan Kiprono.

A third-place finish in the half marathon gave Stephen Sambu the BAA Distance Medley title. His cumulative lead over Kiprono through the first two races was 26 seconds, and he did more than enough to keep the lead and win the medley.

On the women's side, New Zealander Kim Smith set a event record of her own en route to winning her second straight BAA Half Marathon, and she also clinched her second straight Distance Medley title.

The Providence resident ran a time of 1:09:14, besting the previous event record of 1:10:52. In winning the Distance Medley, she and Sambu each take home a prize of $100,000.

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