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Kalmer fifth in US race

By Mark Etheridge

Rene Kalmer has placed fifth in the 37th running of the Steamboat Classic road race in Peoria, Illinois.

Kalmer, who raced a 10km in New York, the previous weekend, clocked 21min 08sec for the four-mile race which was won by Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat in 19.56.

Kiplagat won $4,000 for her victory while Kalmer will bring home $1,000.

The men’s race went to another Kenyan, Shadrack Kosgei, in 17:36.

Last year Kalmer, 29, had placed fourth, a second slower than this weekend’s performance.

She was the highest placed women’s finisher of last year to return to this year’s race. A field of more than 3,000 athletes lined up for the event.