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 Dathan Ritzenhein Wins Belfast International Cross-Country
Submitted by Rickshaw :: Sun Jan 09, 2005 3:35 pm
American Dathan Ritzenhein ran a tactical race to surprise his Kenyan rivals and win Saturday's Reebok Belfast International Cross-Country. The 9810 meter race is part of the UK's Reebok Cross Challenge series, and previous winners include include Paula Radcliffe and Paul Tergat. Two days of continuous rain left the course a muddy mess, resulting in a true cross-country race. It was only the second time in 14 years that another country was able to break Africa's dominance at the event.


Bricks
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Chicago
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Re: Dathan Ritzenhein Wins Belfast International Cross-Count Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 8:24 am 

This 'kid' is really starting to make some noise lately. He just placed third in another race. I love to see it. I love how the Irish crowd was chanting USA, too. I heard he wants to focus on the marathon 'soon'. It would be great to see him continue the US surge Meb is leading...

Rickshaw
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Re: Dathan Ritzenhein Wins Belfast International Cross-Count Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 10:36 am 

How old is he? I didn't see it mentioned, but it did say he won the world junior championships not long ago, so he must be fairly young.

Rickshaw
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Re: Dathan Ritzenhein Wins Belfast International Cross-Count Posted: Tue Jan 25, 2005 10:29 pm 

I guess he is 21. BoulderRunning.com just did an interview with him yesterday, which you can find here: http://www.boulderrunning.com/features/interview-ritz.php

Hopefully he'll bring some more juice to the US elite running community.


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