15 Sep '13, 8pm
Stanley Biwott and Lyudmyka Kovalenko Win RNR Philly Half, release, by Larry Eder via RunBlogRun
It was a two-woman race from mile 4 to the finish, with Kovalenko and Biruk never less than a few meters apart for nearly the entirety of the flat, fast 13.1-mile layout. Passing 6 miles in 31:28, Kovalenko was right on her goal pace of5:15 per mile with Biruk sitting on her right shoulder. The 25-year-old Ethiopian surged to the front with a kilometer to go and it appeared all but certain that Kovalenko had been dropped for good. But with less than a tenth of a mile until the tape, the Ukrainian 5,000m Olympian put her finishing speed to good use, blowing by Biruk at the last possible second to post a massive 44-second personal best.