30 Aug '15, 10am

ICYMI: Mare Dibaba wins world marathon title #Beijing2015

There were mixed fortunes, meanwhile, for the three American entrants. Serena Burla fared best, eventually finishing 10th in 2:31:06 after running with the leaders through 20 miles. The 32-year-old cancer survivor was a picture of emotion after the finish, revealing that she had lost her grandmother, Dorothy, just a week before the race. “She’ll be proud,” Burla said. “Those times when I had to push, I thought of her. She was a feisty little thing, so I just took her strength and she carried me through.” Esther Erb finished 24th in 2:38:15 and afterward, the 29-year-old had mixed feelings about the race. “I wanted top 20,” she said. “That was the goal from the outset, but I’m not disappointed. I was hoping for a little more attrition, but I did what I could. I think I ran a good race.” There was heartbreak for Heather Lieberg, who stepped off the course shortly after five ...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/world-championships/mare-diba...

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