DAM TOT DAMLOOP 10-MILER Amsterdam
The 34th Dam tot Damloop, which is a 10-mile road race from Amsterdam to Zaandam in the Netherlands was held on Sunday 23rd October.
In a race of 46,000 participants and a rainy Sunday Morning, a leading group of five women split off: Salpeter (Israel), Kuma (Ethiopia), Mercyline Chelangat from Uganda, Dutchwoman Susan Krumins and Evaline Chirchir from Kenya.
They covered the first five kilometres in 15:55 but before they reached the 10-kilometre mark. The second five kilometres were covered in 15:49. The group was reduced to four with Chirchir dropping off the pace. Soon Chelangat, who was defending her title, followed. Meanwhile, Salpeter and Kuma kept on accelerating. The next five-kilometre stretch was covered in 15:44, forcing Krumins to drop back as well.
Kuma took the lead in the last kilometre but Salpeter, who took the European 10,000m title in August, fought back at the finish to take the narrow one-second victory in 50:45.
The top 5 Female Atheletes on the day were:
1. Lonah Salpeter, ISR 50:45
2. Dibabe Kuma, ETH 50:46
3. Susan Krumins, NED 51:30
4. Mercyline Chelangat, UGA 52:08
5. Evaline Chirchir, KEN 52:34
News Credit to: IAAF.org