The Hansons-Brooks duo of Melissa White (Rochester Hills, Mich.) and Dot McMahan (Rochester Hills, Mich.) led all team USA finishers. White finished 21st in 1:14:37 and McMahan was 24th in 1:15:14. Kristen Nicolini Lehmkuhle (Minneapolis, Minn.) rounded out the U.S. score, finishing 25th in 1:15:15. Stephanie Herbst Lucke (Atlanta, Ga.) and Jill Steffens (Athens, Ga.) ran personal best times of 1:15:25 and 1:16:02 to finish 27th and 30th, respectively. Lornah Kiplagat (NED) ran 1:08:37 to retain her world title.
The championships were held in conjunction with the Rio de Janeiro Half Marathon, featuring 16,000 participants.
For more information on the 2008 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships visit www.usatf.org.
photos Janos Schmidt