Kenyans sweep at Falmouth; American men have strong showing

FALMOUTH—Kenyan favorite Micah Kogo won the Falmouth Road Race for the second time Sunday morning, but the Americans made a bold statement by placing three runners in the top five finishers.

Kogo, a former Olympic track medalist who won here in 2007, broke away from four rivals before the final hill along the seven-mile course from Woods Hole to Falmouth Heights. He won by four seconds, ahead of Dartmouth graduate Ben True, in an unofficial time of 32:10.

“I kept thinking if I’m at the top of the hill with the leaders, I’ll be able to win,” said True, who would have been the first domestic winner since Mark Curp in 1988. “But Kogo jumped me cresting the hill.”

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Finishing fourth and fifth after former London Marathon winner Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya were Abdi Abdirahman and Ben Bruce. Joyce Chepkirui was the runaway winner in the women’s race, giving the Kenyans a sweep for the second straight year.

Krige Schabort and Jill Moore were the wheelchair winners.