As far as comebacks go Mary Keitany couldn’t have enjoyed a better return as she won the Lowertown Brewery Ottawa 10k, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, in a course record of 31:22 on Saturday (25).
The 32-year-old Kenyan star gave birth to her daughter, Samantha, 13 months ago and chose the Canadian race to test herself against a strong field in her first race since the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Keitany seized control of the race by the halfway point reached in 15:47 and quickly put distance between her and the second place finisher Ruti Aga, of Ethiopia, who finished in 32:21 on a warm and muggy evening.
Kenya’s Caroline Kilel. the 2011 Boston Marathon winner, took third place in 32:31.
Ottawa is unique in that the elite ladies are given a head start of 4:10 and the first to cross the line, male or female, earns a $4,000 bonus to go with the $6,000 first place prize. Keitany was successful on both counts, and the course record earned her an additional $2,000.