Mesert Defar Wins Boston Marathon 3000 in Style


#1: Defar was all smiles, but just missed a sub-8:30

After her long layoff (pregnancy in 2014, injury in 2015), Defar wasn’t quite sure what shape she was in and said she didn’t want to run too aggressively at the start of the race as a result. But the 32-year-old looked like her old self tonight, gapping the field early, never breaking form and closing hard to earn the win.

“The first race I run 8:30, it is amazing for me,” Defar said.

Though Defar’s race was obviously a great sign, she was a little disappointed not to dip under 8:30, which has proved to be a stumbling block for her in the past. Defar, whose PB is 8:23.72 (#2 all-time indoors), hasn’t broken 8:30 since 2010, but she’s come very close as her last 3000 before this was 8:30.29 outdoors in Stockholm in 2013. And she has now run 8:30.xx on this track four times but never faster.

That’s splitting hairs though: after all, Defar did win the race by 26 seconds. She said she’ll decide with her manager whether to race again between now and World Indoors, where she will have her hands full if Genzebe Dibaba elects to defend her 3k title.