Goucher Wins Half-Marathon

    This report from the Oregonian in Portland, Ore., on Kara Goucher’s win Sunday in the women’s division of the Lisbon (Portugal) Half Marathon:

By Doug Binder, Oregonian

Portland resident Kara Goucher won the Lisbon Half Marathon early Sunday morning in Portugal, winning in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 30 seconds.

There had been some discussion that she was in shape to try and set a world record at the distance, which would have required her to run faster than 66 minutes.

She was aided by male pacesetters for much of the race and was on target at least for the U.S. record (67:34 by Deena Kastor), but reportedly suffered through a grueling final 5 kilometers, ultimately winning by 30 seconds.

Hopefully whatever she was dealing with late in the race isn’t an injury. The Lisbon race was intended all along as a tune-up for the Boston Marathon on April 20.

Kenya’s Martin Lel won overall in 59:56, for a victory by three seconds.