Tasting blood, but more importantly a possible berth on the Olympic Team, Melville evaporated the gap between her and Michta/Gray.
Still trailing in fourth, Cobb looked strong as well. Could there be another move this late?
Now a pack of three, Gray looked weary, so did Melville. However, Michta looked like she still had fight left in her. Did Melville use up everything to catch them? Was she going to continue her surge and walk past the two?
With just 8 laps to go, less than two miles, Melville had done the impossible and caught the leaders. However, instead of burying them, she seemed content to catch her breath and lay in wait.
Complacency didn't last long. Melville was on the move again and ready to make a statement.
Then, within one lap, the battle for the top three spots evolved into the battle for the top two. Michta and Melville dropped one more surge and it was apparently one too many for Gray as she faded badly.
Michta and Melville continued to open up a commanding gap, but now the question became which of the two would make the final move?
The women's 20K story continues...