Ethiopian sets record in 10K race in Central Park

Gebre Gebremariam sets record in 10K race in Central Park, New York
Gebre Gebremariam sets record in 10K race in Central Park, New York

NEW YORK (AP) — Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia has used a sprint finish to set a course record in the Healthy Kidney 10K race in Central Park.

Gebremariam finished in 27 minutes, 42 seconds Saturday in only his third pro road race. Fellow Ethiopian Tadese Tola set the previous mark of 27:48 last year.

Gebremariam and Peter Kamais of Kenya dueled from the start of the 6.2-mile race before the winner pulled away on a slight uphill with 200 yards to go. Kamais placed second in 27:49 and fellow Kenyan Julius Kogo was third.

Abdi Abdirahman was the top U.S. finisher in sixth place.

Gebremariam earned $7,500 for the victory and a $20,000 bonus for the course record.

The race benefits the National Kidney Foundation.