Thursday, March 6, 2008
Sarasota Marathon Winner Pulls a "Katie Holmes"
Cristina Noble, there she is on the left...the first woman to cross the finish line at Sunday's Sarasota Marathon....has been disqualified - she cheated, circumvented the course (a Katie Holmes). Thomas Becnel of the Herald Tribune reported Race officials say she missed electronic checkpoints at mile 17 and 18 of the Marathon. Course monitors (race officials) confirmed that she did not run a mile of the marathon on a section of the course, the Ken Thompson Parkway. The official women's winner of the 2008 ABC-7 Sarasota Marathon is now Madeleine Zolfo, 43, that woman below on the right -she learned the news Monday night. Cristina Noble, a 33-year-old marathoner from Brighton, Mich., did not return calls to her cell phone (from reporters). According to the Web site for the 2007 Detroit Marathon, she finished that race in 3 hours, 9 minutes. Her disqualified time in the Sarasota Marathon was 3 hours, 10 minutes. At the finish line, Noble told SNN-News 6 that she was happy with her time. "It was kind of warm. I'm not used to it, since I'm from Michigan," she said. "It was a really nice course, kind of scenic, with the causeway. It's kind of a big hill there." [END]. Okay - I see She's ran a 3:35 Boston Marathon in '06, a 3:20 NYC Marathon in '06, a 3:51 Chicago Marathon '07, - remember, you can go to places like Athlinks and track down anybody - just click that link and out of curiosity I checked her times. Did she cheat? Yes....and even very good runners can and do cheat, take drugs to enhance their performance, etc. even at this weekend warrior level of a runner. Her other times suggest she is capable of a 3:09 on a flat course no problem - however 2 "missed" chip markings is "smoke". It's odd to have chip mat detectors so close together - and the only reason you would do that is because the course layout possibly had a "turn-around" or a section easy to circumvent - hence justifying chip mat detectors so close - Cristina Noble is clearly an experienced runner/marathoner - she simply failed to consider the chip mats that could possibly lay ahead - along with the race officials "spotting" runners. In any Marathon - race officials know and spot the top 3 or 4 women quite easily, in fact they are usually shouted to as "first woman" along the course, "second woman", etc. Race officials know who they spotted - and who they did not -Cristina Noble just got busted - that's all - she cheated. Plus - she's not protesting this or responding to phone calls...? Sad. Have a great day.
at 6:52 AM Posted by Smith