- Associated Press - Saturday, August 2, 2014

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) - Great Britain’s Gemma Steel edged American distance running great Shalane Flanagan to join Bedan Karoki of Kenya on Saturday as champions in the 17th TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race.

Karoki (27:36), a Kenyan Olympian, outdueled fellow Kenyan Stephen Kosgei Kibet (27:42) and Maine native Ben True (27:50) for a hard-fought victory that saw the exhausted lead runners collapse to the ground after the finish.

Steel avenged last year’s runner-up placing by finishing less than a tenth of a second in front of Flanagan after a classic road race duel down the homestretch. Both runners, who finished less than one-tenth of a second apart, received identical times of 31:27.

Some 6,494 runners from 14 countries participated.

Steel turned back a bid by Flanagan, one of the U.S.’s most decorated distance runners, to become the first U.S. runner, male or female, to win the TD Beach to Beacon 10K. True’s third-place finish is the highest for an American man in the history of the event.

Meb Keflezighi, winner of the Boston Marathon, finished a distant 13th (29:58) and then joined Race Founder Joan Benoit Samuelson in greeting runners crossing the finish line.

In the Maine resident races, recent Midwest transplant Michelle (Frey) Lilienthal, a 32-year-old professional runner now living in Portland (33:39), shattered the course record by 38 seconds, while Will Geoghegan, 22, of Brunswick (29:53), a Dartmouth All-American, moved up a notch from last year to claim his first Maine title.

More than $60,000 in prize money was handed out, including a $10,000 prize each to the top man and woman, $5,000 for the second place and cash prizes for the top 10 finishers.

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