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Brenda Martinez Tops Past Two NCAA 800m Champions in Belgium


Courtesy UC Riverside Athletics

UC Riverside's two-time All-American Brenda Martinez, running the first race of her six-meet European tour in Liege, Belgium, bested the past two NCAA Champions in the 800m and broke her personal record with a time of 2:01.03 (watch the race). Second place finisher Geena Gall is the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Champion in the 800m and third place finisher Alysia Johnson won the title in 2007 (listen to her interview after the race).

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Liege, Belgium - 800m Official Results

 Place  Name  Previous Best  Team  Time
 1  Brenda Martinez  2:02.34  USA  2:01.03
 2  Geene Gail  2:00.44  USA  2:01.07
 3  Alysia Johnson  1:59.29  USA  2:01.44
 4  Heidi Dahl  2:06.41  USA  2:02.14
 5  Abeba Arigawi  2:02.90  ETH  2:02.35


Martinez is competing in six events over the next four weeks in Europe. Four of the meets are in Belgium and two are in Germany. The Rancho Cucamonga junior will run the 800m, 1500m and mile at various times during her tour.

Brenda Martinez' European Schedule

 Date  Location  Distance
 July 15  Liege, Belgium  800m
 July 21  Ghent, Belgium  1500m
 July 26  Brasschaat, Belgium  Mile
 July 31  Leverkusen, Germany  800m
 August 2  Wattenscheid, Germany  1500m
 August 8  Ninove, Belgium  800m