Russian, Kenyan, Va. entrant join Saturday field


October 14, 2003|By Paul McMullen

Saturday's UnderArmour Baltimore Marathon added talent over the weekend.

Christopher Kipkosgei, a member of Fila's Discovery Kenya program who recently secured his visa to travel here, has a personal best of 2 hours, 15 minutes, 52 seconds. Alexsander Kapitonov, a 35-year-old Russian, has similar credentials. Michael Wardian of Arlington, Va., ran 2:21:48 in Detroit last week, to qualify for next February's U.S. Olympic trials.

Kapitonov runs for the Gaithersburg-based RedSquare Sports team, which will supply two-time women's champion Elvira Kolpakova. Her list of challengers recently added Viktoria Zueva, a 20-year-old Russian who finished fourth in Austin, Texas, earlier this year, in 2:38:21, and New Jersey's Laurie Gordon, who competed in the 2000 Olympic trials.

The women's race will feature Kolpakova against Ruxton's Lee DiPietro. Kolpakova is coming off a win in the Detroit Marathon on Oct. 5.

The festival, which will be staged at Camden Yards, begins Saturday with the marathon and Geico Direct Team Relay at 8 a.m. The Fila 5K starts at 8:30, and the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Half-Marathon begins at 9:30 a.m. On-line registration will be accepted at until noon tomorrow.

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