World marathon champion Bai Xue breezes to 10,000m victory at National Games

19:49, October 26, 2009      

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Bai Xue from Locomotive Sports Association celebrates after winning the women's 10,000m final of athletics at the 11th Chinese National Games in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 26, 2009. Bai Xue claimed the title with 31:17.62. (Xinhua/Fan Changguo)


China's Bai Xue was like a "superwoman" on Monday night.

The marathon winner of the Berlin World Championships stormed to win the women's 10,000m with overwhelming advantage at the 11th Chinese National Games.

The 20-year-old Bai, who overtook the tiring front-runners halfway, ran alone unchallenged in the last six laps.

She kept the steady and swift pace, made no slow-down, enhanced her leading advantages by even one lap before the second group of runners, crossing the line first in 31 minutes and 17.62 seconds.


Bai Xue from Locomotive Sports Association kisses her gold medal after the awarding ceremony for the women's 10,000m final of athletics at the 11th Chinese National Games in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 26, 2009. Bai Xue claimed the title with 31:17.62. (Xinhua/Liao Yujie)


Zhou Chunxiu, silver winner in Osaka 2007 and bronze medalist in last year's Olympics, failed to finish in the top 20.

Zhu Yingying of Jiangsu finished second in 31:44.28, and Jia Chaofeng of Gansu stood third in 31:45.67.


Bai Xue from Locomotive Sports Association celebrates after winning the women's 10,000m final of athletics at the 11th Chinese National Games in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 26, 2009. Bai Xue claimed the title with 31:17.62. (Xinhua/Li Ga)


In August's Berlin championships, Bai became the youngest ever women's world champion in marathon. She was the first Chinese to win a marathon race in the world championships. She also put an end to Chinese women's 10-year-old gold drought at the worlds.

Source: Xinhua
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