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Athletics - 24. November 2010.

Team USA finishes fifth at International Chiba Ekiden

INDIANAPOLIS - Team USA took fifth-place at the 2010 International Chiba Ekiden Tuesday in Chiba, Japan, finishing in 2:10:54. The Japan University Select team won the event in 2:07:52. The format of the 21st annual race featured mixed teams of men and women running six alternating legs totaling 42.195 km.

Kenya took the runner-up spot in 2:08:06 and host team Japan was third in 2:08:12. Russia was fourth in 2:09:35.

Bobby Curtis (Ardmore, Pa.) led off with the opening 5 km leg, running 13:36, putting Team USA in fourth. Stephanie Pezzullo (Charlotte, N.C.) ran the second 5 km leg in 16:28, as the U.S. slipped to fifth. Ed Moran (Flagstaff, Ariz.) then took the sash to cover the 10 km third leg in 29:50, and Kim Conley (West Sacramento, Calif.), ran the 5 km fourth leg in 16:41 maintaining Team USA's fifth-place position. On the fifth leg, Aaron Braun (Flagstaff, Ariz.) turned in a 29:33 10 km, to move Team USA into fourth as he turned the sash over to Meghan Armstrong (Minneapolis, Minn.). Despite Armstrong's solid 24:46 for the final 7.195 km leg, Team USA was overtaken by Russia for fourth.

For more information on the 2010 Chiba International Ekiden visit www.usatf.org.

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