Thursday, September 28, 2017

New PB and bronze medal at Moscow Marathon-2017!


24th September Galina Vinogradova participated in Moscow Marathon 2017 at 10 km event. She won a bronze medal and set up new PB = 34:19. The winner was, like last year, Elena Sedova (Russian champion-2017 at 10000 m) with 33:49, and second place got Ekaterina Sokolenko - 34:10 (Russian champion-2017 at 3000m steeplechase).

Full results are here. Galina was ahead of several tough distance runners: Natalia Popkova (Russian champion-2015 at 10000m, 32:25.22), Anastasiya Kushnirenko (winner of Perm international marathon-2017, 2:38:44), Galina Bubnova (Russian champion-2105 at 1500 m indoor), and some other strong runners.

The temperature was good for running (about +14C), but, unfortunately, windy. The time at first 5 km was 17:10, and second half Galina completed with 17:09.

At the beginning of the race, Galina held her-self and let 3 girls run a bit in front. After 2 km she was already 3rd. And in the beginning of 4th kilometer, she went in front of Ekaterina Sokolenko. Galina pushed all the way before the mark of 8 km ahead of strong Russian runner (Ekaterina Sokolenko). But then Ekaterina made acceleration and opened a gap ~15 m. All 9th kilometer Galina was trying to close the gap, but Ekaterina kept the same distance from Galina. Finally, at last kilometer, E.Sokolenko pushed once more and solve fate of the silver medal.

The overall outcome is good: Galina finished the race just 30 seconds behind current Russian champion in 10000 m and 9 seconds behind another tough runner from Russian National team. Several other Russian elite distance runners were behind the girl from Orienteering. The second year in row G.Vinogradova won a medal. Also, Galina set up an impressive personal best, almost half-minute better than the previous one (34:19 vs 34:44). Well done!

P.S. Author of a photo from the start (picture №3) is Alexey Zubakov.

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