Chris Thompson has marked a return to winning ways as he won the inaugural men’s Dash To The Finish Line 5k in a time of 13:53 on Saturday, a spicy appetizer to the New York marathon the following day, claiming the scalps of top Americans Dathan Ritzenhein and Matt Tegenkamp in the process.

Yet, it was Aaron Braun that surprisingly offered the closest challenge as he led the European silver medallist into a tight sprint finish in the home straight, with Thompson edging past to snatch the win at the end by around haf a second.

A mistake that may have gone against the American to a considerable extent was that he turned round over his right shoulder checking for Thompson into the finish while the Brit showed shrewd to slip alongside him from the other side, taking him by surprise, and surge to victory.

Ritzenhein, who had been up with them all the way, could not respond to the blistering turn of pace in the final burn-up and had to settle for third.

Tegenkamp, rather surprisingly, wasn’t a factor to place just seventh in 14:02, a place and a couple of seconds ahead of late entrant Lopez Lomong.

Thompson after the end of the race

Men’s Results (Top 3)

1.Chris Thompson 13:53, 2.Aaron Braun (USA) 13:53, 3.Dathan Ritzenhein (USA) 13:56

Sarah Hall wins the women’s 5k (you can get a glimpse of Thommo on the starting line)

American Sarah Hall fashioned a major upset on pre-race favourite Sally Kipyego (KEN), the 10000m silver medallist in Daegu, as she clinched the women’s equivalent convincingly in 15:56.

The Kenyan was surprisingly well beaten by a good seven seconds and even had to concede the runner-up spot to Julie Culley, who got in between in 16 mins dead.

US marathon record holder Deena Castor had to endure a quiet morning way down the order in 14th in 16:24 while American 5000m record holder Molly Huddle didn’t turn up although on the starting-lists.

Women’s Results (Top 3)

1.Sarah Hall 15:56 (USA), 2.Julie Culley 16:00 (USA), 3.Sally Kipyego (KEN) 16:03

Full Results (all athletes oddly cited under USA…)