Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia won the 41st AJC Peachtree Road Race on Sunday, winning a sprint to the finish line of the 6.2-mile race through the streets of Atlanta. He beat Kenya’s Peter Kirui by a half-step in one of the closest finishes in the race’s history, winning in a time of 27 minutes, 56 seconds.
A pack of eight men was reduced to six as the runners stretched for the finish line coming down 10th street. The six were cut to two as the runners reached the corner of 10th and Charles Allen. Gebremariam was running just his second 10k street race.
Ed Moran was the top U.S. men’s finisher in 28:19.
“I had no idea where the Americans were around me in the last mile,” Moran said. “I was feeding off the great competition.”
Lineth Chepkurui, the defending champion, won the women’s race again in a time of 30:51, just a few seconds off the course record (30:32).
“I was feeling good,” Chepkurui said, who raced last week in Kenya. She said she got tired toward the end, or she may have set a personal best and course record.