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Pittsburgh Marathon 2011 Results: Jeffrey Eggleston Wins In Men's Field, While Mistake Mixes Up Women's Field

Here are more details on the results of the 2011 Pittsburgh Marathon, which took place Sunday. Jeffrey Eggleston was supposed to pace the men's Olympic trial qualifying time, but ended up winning the marathon with a time of two hours, 16 minutes and 40 seconds. Several runners in the race had beaten that time by several minutes at various points in their lives, but none would do so on Sunday.

Having already qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials, Eggleston was brought in by race organizers to help [Nik] Schweikert and Boaz Cheboiywo, a native of Kenya who became a U.S. citizen last year, do the same.

"Most of the time a lot of the runners are focusing on another race, and that's why they rabbit," Sarver said. "I think Jeff was using (Pittsburgh) as a tune-up, but sometimes when training is going that well and you're hitting on all cylinders, you say, 'OK, I'm going to concentrate on this race and bag the other one.' I'm glad he did."

Schweikert and Cheboiywo both missed the qualifying time of two hours and 19 minutes.

Yihunlish Bekele Delelecha was the top woman finisher with a time of two hours, 35 minutes and 36 seconds. The rest of the women's results were affected by a bizarre incident in which a runner who had registered for the half marathon ended up running the entire marathon, and finishing second.

Although originally awarded second place -- and the $4,000 check that went with it -- she was later disqualified. Because of language barriers and conflicting reports, it wasn't immediately clear why or how [Alemtsehay] Misganaw ran the full distance.

When the problem was brought to the attention of race director Patrice Matamoros, she said it was complicated, that race officials wanted to do what was fair for Misganaw and Serkalem Abrha, who finished less than 20 seconds behind Misganaw. Matamoros said race officials would consult with USA Track & Field.

Abrha, who would have received $2,000 had she been awarded third place, moved to second.

Strange. Weirdly, Abrha herself was registered for the full marathon in 2009 and ended up running on the half marathon course, meaning she has now been involved in two separate confusing incidents.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.