BOSTON — Ben True finished second at the Boston Athletic Association 5K on Saturday, denied a fifth win in the race by Ethiopia’s Hagos Gebrhiwet, who edged True and Tommy Curtin.

Gebrhiwet, a 2016 Olympic 5,000-meter bronze medalist, finished in 13 minutes, 42 seconds – the same time as True and Curtin, a 24-year-old American. True, a North Yarmouth native who broke his own American 5K road race record with a winning time of 13:20 in 2017, told Runner’s World he had a chance late in the race to take control.

“I tried pushing coming down the last mile, and (Gebrhriwet) made a strong move,” True said. “He actually missed a turn and I thought I could capitalize on his mistake, but I just couldn’t close that last half a second gap.”

The winning time was the slowest since 2011. The temperature – 49 degrees and sunny – was good for racing, but a headwind of more than 10 miles per hour kept the pace conservative through the mile (4:32) and 2-mile marks (9:03). When Gebrhiwet made a push during the third mile, the pack began to string out.

True, 32, was coming off a victory in the NYC Half Marathon in March in his debut at 13.1 miles.

“When I lose a sprint I’m always disappointed,” True told Runner’s World. “This 5K was here in my schedule to snap me back into the faster stuff on the track. Hopefully I taught myself a lesson that I need to do a little bit more speed.”

Ethiopia’s Buze Diriba defended her women’s title in 15:22.


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