Sunday, March 16, 2008

Torres and Flanagan Take 8k Championship, Webb Hampered by Cream Cheese

Jorge Torres and Shalane Flanagan took the honors at the United States 8k Championships in Central Park yesterday (USATF release; NY Times story). Torres won the men's race in 22:41.2; Flanagan, the women's race in 25:40. Each took home $10,000 for the effort. Pre-race favorite, Alan Webb, had stomach problems leading up to the race, ascribed to some bad cream cheese at a news conference for the event. He was able to start the race, and lead through most of it, but faltered with about 2k to go and had to walk a few steps. He eventually came in 16th, 50 second back (23:32).

(Photo by jimbowen0306, under Creative Commons)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

22:41.2 is smokin! I imagine that's right about Webb's limit anyway. I don't doubt he got food poisoning, but it would have been a close race at the least.