New Zealand runner Kimberley Smith has showed some of her best short-distance form leading up to the London Olympics marathon by winning the Boston Athletics Association 10km road race in a record-breaking time yesterday.
Smith stuck with a small group of elite women from the start before Ethiopia's Aheza Kiros pushed the pace after the halfway mark. The 30-year-old Kiwi, who is based in Rhode Island, stuck with the Ethiopian before surging herself at the 6km mark and making the defining break of the race, eventually crossing the line in 31min 36sec.
"Definitely going out a little easier helped, I kind of just sat in for the first 5km and then Kiros pushed the fourth mile a little bit and I went with her," Smith said. "I thought she was tiring a little bit so I surged a little bit and dropped her."
Smith cut 22s off Kenyan Caroline Kilel's race record set in the inaugural event last year. The Kiwi, who was just 3s outside Anne Hannam's New Zealand 10km road record set in Kentucky in 1988, was second last year in 32m 8s.
Kiros was second in 31.57 with the 2012 Boston marathon champion Sharon Cherop third in 32.03. Kilel, last year's Boston marathon champion, was fifth in 32.40.
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