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NEWS Sep 24 2007

Can the Peruvians and Kiwi Scott Winton run sub 2:15 and book their tickets to Beijing and create an Olympic Dream?

Scott Winton

As the clock ticks its way towards 2 hours 15 minutes, be on the lookout and have a special cheer ready for Peruvians Gobin Condor, Constantino Leon, Paulino Canchanya, Jhon Willian Quispe, and New Zealander Scott Winton. From South America and the antipodes, they've come to the flat, fast Waterfront course in an all-out effort to better that magic time that will give them an "A" qualifying standard and an automatic ticket to the Beijing Olympics to represent their countries next August.

The four Peruvians are the best in their country, so this year's Waterfront will be the "de facto", Peruvian Olympic trials! On paper, Gobin, Constantino and Paulino have only run in the 2:20 range [it's Jhon's debut], but always at very high altitude in their Andean homeland or close by.

Can sea-level give them the boost to 2:15? On July 29th, Gobin ran a tremendous 64:10 for 3rd at the Bogota Half Marathon, beating some of the world's best Africans. That time converts to a 2:15:10 marathon… plus the sea-level advantage… who knows? It could be an exciting and nail-biting morning for Consul General, Pedro Rey, and the Peruvian fans!

Gobin Condor Constantino Leon Paulino Canchanya
Above, left to right: Peruvians Gobin Condor, Constantino Leon and Paulino Canchanya.
Top right: New Zealander Scott Winton.