Yesterday's Veterans Day 10K was an international affair, with the top three finishers of the men's race coming from overseas.
Lemma Bonssa waved a small flag from his native Ethiopia as he crossed the finish line in 30 minutes 7 seconds. The 22-year-old was three seconds ahead of Andre Kuznetsov, 41, of Russia. Philippe Rolly, who lives in Arlington but is from France, was third in 31:11.
Naoko Ishibe, a frequent winner of local races, took the women's competition in 36:07. It was her second victory in a week; she won the Goblin Gallop 5K in Fairfax last weekend, the day after returning from Paris.
The morning was brisk along the Hains Point course in West Potomac Park. A wind off the Potomac River made the second part of the race rather chilly.
"I didn't like that wind too much," said Ishibe, 30, a fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda.
Ishibe led the women's competition from the beginning, taking a 10-meter lead over second-place finisher Elvira Kolpakova, 27, of Rockville, within the first half mile. Kimberly Markland, 35, of Arlington was third.
Bonssa and Kuznetsov ran together for most of the 6.2-mile course. But Bonssa took the lead for good in the last mile.
"He is a good runner, a strong runner, but he was not as good at the finish," Bonssa said through a translator.