Itati, Burangulova pave streets with records

Kenyan, Russian cut through wind for wins in 2:14:51 and 2:40:21

Baltimore Marathon

October 17, 2004|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,SUN STAFF

On a day not conducive to breaking records, John Itati and Ramilia Burangulova set race marks in the Baltimore Marathon yesterday.

With winds out of the west gusting up to 35 mph during the fourth annual Baltimore Running Festival, Itati - a 30-year-old Kenyan who lives in Washington - finished the 26-mile, 385-yard race in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 51 seconds - 2:52 faster than the record Erick Kimaiyo set in 2002.

In the women's division, Burangulova - a 43-year-old Russian - crossed the finish line at M&T Bank Stadium in 2:40:21. That was 8:28.4 faster than Elvira Kolpakova's mark of a year ago.

Itati and Burangulova, each of whom received $15,000 for the victory, have taken widely different paths to marathoning in general and to winning the Baltimore race in particular.

Itati, who has run a 3:58 on the road in the Pennsylvania Avenue Mile, began his career in the 1,500 meters on the track, stepped up to 5- and 10-kilometer events on the roads, moved to the Philadelphia half-marathon a month ago and yesterday ran his first competitive marathon.

Burangulova, who was running in her 30th marathon, took up the distance 15 years ago - as a crossover from another sport.

"In the beginning, I used to cross-country ski," Burangulova said. "That was my passion ... so to go from there to this was easy because it's a lot of distance."

In yesterday's race, Itati found himself during the first half of the race as much as seven city blocks and more than two minutes behind Mikhail Minyukhin, a 30-year-old Russian who would finish third.

"I just needed to stay with the pack and let the guy lead. It didn't work out that way, but I thought to myself, `It's not a half-marathon, it's a full marathon, so there still is time.' "

Burangulova was among the women's leaders from the start in a group that included second-place finisher Victoria Zueva, a Russian, and Wioletta Kryza, a 36-year-old Pole who ran third.

The men's race was an entirely different story.

Minyukhin grabbed the lead at the start and increased his advantage to seven blocks on Hanover Street in South Baltimore. He was 3:40 ahead of last year's pace at mile 13 and reached the midway point in 67:12.

He was out of sight, but not out of mind, of the Kenyans.

"We really didn't realize how far he was ahead, and then at the half they told me where he was," said Fred Getange, a 28-year-old Kenyan who finished second in 2:16:33. "He was on a 2:14 pace, the pack was at a 2:18 pace. We played the chase."

By mile 16 on the climb up Linwood Avenue in East Baltimore, Itati, Getange and Wilson Komen, another Kenyan who finished fourth, had narrowed the gap to 1:08.

On mile 19 and shortly after the turn onto Harford Road near Lake Montebello, Itati took the lead 1:40:11 into the race.

On mile 20 on a loop around the lake, Getange, too, passed Minyukhin, and, for a while at least, the chase was on for first.

At the 21-mile mark, Itati held a seven-second lead over Getange; by 24 miles, on a descent down Howard Street, he had built it to more than a minute, thanks to a 4:45 mile split.

"On the downhill, that's where I lost him," said Getange, who was running in his fifth marathon and who has a personal best of 2:13:37. "Itati runs the downhills well. That's something we have to work on."

In the women's race, Kryza - who won the Twin Cities Marathon two weeks ago - led for the first 10 miles before she, Burangulova and Zueva took turns at the front. Running uphill at about 20 miles, Burangulova and Zueva broke away.

"I waited to go with the other runners - just check them out, on the way to the half-marathon," Zueva said. "If I felt OK, I would go out [to the lead]."

At 24 miles, she picked off Kryza.

"I lost some power in the last few miles, especially the last two," Kryza said.

Zueva is only 21 years old, but already has run five marathons. Her personal best is 2:38:03.

Traditionally, runners come to the marathon at different points of their careers, with varying results.

"Usually, when I finish a 10K," Itati said, "I can run at least another 5K. The marathon, I don't think I can say that. It isn't the same story."

NOTE: There were 1,499 male and 690 female finishers in the marathon.

Marathon

Men's top 50

No., Name, Age, Town/Country, Time

1. John Itati, 30, Kenya, 2:14:51

2. Fred Getange, 28, Kenya, 2:16:33

3. Mikhail Minyukhin, 30, Russia, 2:17:00

4. Wilson Komen, 26, Kenya, 2:17:31

5. Andrew Musuva, 34, Kenya, 2:19:54

6. Goeffrey Letting, 29, Kenya, 2:21:41

7. Henry Ongechi, 32, Chapel Hill, N.C., 2:27:18

8. Michael Wardian, 30, Arlington, Va. , 2:27:41

9.Charles Sang, 23, Kenya, 2:33:30

10. Daniel Boyle, 41, Manhattan, Kan. , 2:33:53

11. Scott Herrick, 22, Mount Airy, 2:36:11

12. David Chalmers, 25, Baltimore, 2:37:08

13. Jim Hage, 46, Kensington, 2:37:14

14. Mark Gilmore, 36, Columbia, 2:38:34

15. Mike Woodman, 39, Timonium, 2:41:40

16. Rob Magin, 34, Olney, 2:42:21

17. Bret Mower, 33, Aberdeen, 2:42:27

18. Jason Grimm, 25, Laurel, 2:44:49

19. J.R Thompson, 45, Owosso, Mich. , 2:45:08

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