O'Neill Places 21st in Olympic 10K

Aug. 27, 2004

New Haven, Conn. - Former Yale runner Kate O'Neill '03 placed 21st in the 10,000-meter run at the Olympic Games in Athens. O'Neill finished the race in 32:24.04. China's Huina Xing stormed past a trio of Ethiopians in the final laps to claim the gold medal in a time of 30:24.36. Ejegayehu Dibaba finished second to earn silver, and defending gold medalist and Olympic record holder Derartu Tulu took the bronze. Werknesh Kidane led after 6,000, 7,000, 8,000 and 9,000 meters, but settled for fourth behind her two fellow Ethiopians and the 20-year-old Xing. Rounding out the group of five runners that broke away from the rest of the 31-person field was Lornah Kiplagat of the Netherlands. O'Neill, the first Yale distance runner to qualify for the Olympics since Frank Shorter in 1976, was the second American to finish. U.S. teammate Elva Dryer placed 19th, edging O'Neill by less than six seconds. O'Neill adds her Olympic experience to a resume that already includes second-place NCAA finishes in the 10,000 and cross country as a Yale senior. report by Casey Hart, Yale Sports Publicity

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