- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 11, 2009

BALTIMORE | The Kenyan men and the Russian women continued their unmatched success at the ninth Baltimore Marathon on Saturday in windy and drizzly conditions.

One of the Russians, Iuliia Arkhipova, made history with a powerful move between miles 19 and 21. From there she ran solo, with no women or even men in sight, front or back. She stopped the clock next to Camden Yards in a record 2:32:09, crushing the previous mark of 2:35:45, set by Rima Dubovik in 2006.

“My goal today was to improve my [personal record] of 2:34:27,” said the 25-year-old Arkhipova. “I kept checking to make sure I was on schedule. I knew by 22 miles I would get the record.”

The result was the biggest payday of her career: $18,000 for the win and an additional $2,500 for the record.

Arkhipova was born in what now is Kazakhstan but lives and trains in Russia with her boyfriend, Grigoriy Andreev, who was third in Saturday’s half marathon after placing fifth in the Twin Cities Marathon last month.

Alfonsi Kibor Yatich won the men’s race in 2:14:04, also earning $18,000. He made a strong surge at 19 1/2 miles to distance himself from the rest of the field, including defending champion Julius Keter.

Yatich flew from Kenya to Atlanta on Wednesday strictly to run in Baltimore, where he said he could not get a complimentary hotel room for elite athletes. He said he ended up staying Friday night at the home of Sue Bozgoz, who coordinates a number of Ethiopian racers, but said he did not sleep a wink.

The sleepness night hardly slowed the 26-year-old Yatich.

“It was OK,” he said of the race. “The first half was very nice. The weather was good. The second half was tough. It was very windy and it was rainy, which made it slippery.”

• Steve Nearman can be reached at snearman@washingtontimes.com.

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