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Irvette ends 16th
- Updated: March 1, 2012
Olympic hopeful Irvette van Blerk was 16th woman home in the World’s Best 10K road race in Puerto Rico on Sunday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Van Blerk, 24, would have been hoping for a time quicker than the 34min 40sec she ran but will no doubt put it all down to experience.
Her time put her 47th overall out of 9286 finishers and in field that included 3685 women.
Her split times were 9:53 for three kilometres and 27:27 for eight kilometres.
Women’s winner was Vivian Cheruiyot in 30:47 and she led another four Kenyans across the finish line.
Overall winner was yet another Kenyan, Sammy Kitwara who ran 28:02. Of the top 10 finishers just two were not Kenyan.
Van Blerk will now head off to a training camp in Boulder, Colorado and then prepare for the New York half-marathon. She’ll then run the London Marathon in a bid to qualify for the London Olympics later this year.