Women's Finish the Subject of Protests
(Part 2 of 2)
Mantia was also attacking regularly, Begg said. "He was as smooth as silk."
"But the biggest attacker was Diego Rosero from Rollerblade. He was the strongest one out there, attacking all the time."
At one point, Rosero and Fila's Mathieu Grandgirard managed to build up a lead of about 250 meters, Begg said. But they couldn't hang on to it and were eventually swallowed up by the pack.
Tired from all his early efforts, Rosero eventually finished 10th in the race.
Smooth Until the End
The women's race was "a pretty tame affair," Begg said.
The only serious breakaway was mounted by his daughter, Nicole Begg of the Saab-Salomon team.
"Unfortunately, the Colombian girls put their hands on everyone at the end," he said.
"It always happens. But they get away with it. .. You are always going to have problems when you have three 90 degree turns in the last four or five hundred meters of a race."
In the pro master men's division, Bont's Jim Bourgeois of Trevose, Pa., finished first, just as he did last month in the St. Paul Marathon.
Bont's Debbie Rice and Peggy Girgenti finished together, first and second, in the pro master women's division.
Copyright © 2005 by Robert Burnson
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