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2003 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon and 10K
Cleveland, OH, USA -- 28-April


(at left) - Before the end of the third mile, Paul Koech (#4) and Gilbert Okari made the 10-K a two-man race; (right) Koech, fifth in last month's World Cross Country Championships 12-K, controlled much of the race.


The 24 year-old Okari, second the prior weekend at the Crescent City Classic 10-K, tailed Koech through most of the second half.


Okari, about 250m from the finish, before he made his decisive move to win in 28:18, four seconds ahead of Koech. At right, defending champion Gilbert Koech (#1) was sixth in 29:07, Moses Mwangi (#3) was fifth in 29:01, and 19 year-old Patrick Nthiwa (#9) was fourth in 28:58.


Jim Jurcevich (left) was seventh in 29:48; 22 year-old Richard Roberts punches his way through the tape to win his first marathon in 2:28:59.


Lourdes Cruz of Puerto Rico won the women's marathon in 2:48:46.


In the women's 10-K, Russian Lyudmila Biktasheva (left), the 10,000m bronze medallist at last year's European Championships, won handily in 33:01. Anastasia Ndereba (right), Catherine's younger sister, was second in 33:25.

Anastasia Zubova (left) of Russia was third in 33:39, 21 seconds ahead of defending champion Jackline Torori of Kenya.

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