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Ethiopian Belete Assefa won the Bolder Boulder men's pro race today pulling away from teammate Solomon Gonfa in the final quarter-mile and waving his arms at fans in Folsom Field who greeted his arrival with a roar.
In the women's division, the American elite women's squad of Amy Hastings, Renee Metivier-Baillie and Magdalena Lewy-Boulet made good on a promise to improve on last year's performance by moving up to second this year. Hastings led the way taking fourth.
Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya, meanwhile, unseated two-time defending champion Mamitu Daska, topping the Ethiopian in a sprint to the finish in 32 minutes, 34.46 seconds.
Men's elite winner Assefa, a first-time competitor in the race, finished in 29 minutes, 22.56 seconds. Gonfa was 5 seconds behind and Allan Kiprono of Kenya was third. Assefa is the third consecutive men's winner from Ethiopia.
James Carney was the top American finisher in fifth-place with a time of 30:16.15. Carney led Team USA to a third-place finish. His teammates, Ryan Hall and Aaron Braun, finished seventh and 12th respectively.
Ethiopia also won the men's international team challenge with three of the top nine finishers. Kenya was second with three in the top six finishers. It is the fifth consecutive victory in the team challenge for the Ethiopians.