Ethiopians rule Fairfield Half Marathon

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FAIRFIELD — It was a warm at Jennings Beach Sunday morning, but the winners of the Stratton Faxon Fairfield Half Marathon were used to much hotter days.

Worku Beyi,1, Ketema Nigusee, 6, and Kumsa Adugna, 7, all of Ethiopia
Worku Beyi,1, Ketema Nigusee, 6, and Kumsa Adugna, 7, all of Ethiopia, run in a tight pack during The Stratton Faxon Fairfield Half Marathon on Sunday, June 26, 2011. Adugna won the race. Photo: B.K. Angeletti / Connecticut Post

Claiming victory in the male division of the 13.1 mile race was Kumsa Adugna of Ethiopia, the nation of origin for the top four male finishers.The 24-year-old was running in his first Fairfield Half Marathon, but he dispatched the other 1,670 male runners like he was the reigning champion, finishing with a blistering time of 1 hour, 4 minutes, and 40 seconds.The top three were rounded out by Ketema Nigusse and two-time winner Worku Beyi, who finished with times of 1:04.55 and 1:06.15, respectively.

At the halfway mark of 6.5 miles, Beyi was out in front and on pace to threaten the course record of 1:02.41, but Adugna stormed ahead at the 9-mile mark and held off a hard-charging Nigusse for the lead throughout the rest of the race. Lucas Meyer, 27, of Ridgefield, finished in fifth place with a time of 1:09.52, best among American-born men. Local teenagers Matt Klein and Michael Johnston crossed the line ninth and 12th, as well.

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