Ethiopia Athletics: Birtukan Fente wins Vallagarina XC
Rovereto, Italy Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Birtukan Fente Alemu of Ethiopia won the womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 5.5km race at the 34th edition of the International Cross della Vallagarina here yesterday. In the menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race, Zelalem Bacha finished second behind Thomas Longosiwa of Kenya.
WomenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race –
The 20-years-old Birtukan, who won a silver medal in the 3,000m steeplechase race at the world Junior Championships last year, hails from Bekoji, a small town in Oromia Region of Ethiopia, which produced several world class athletes like Kenenisa & Tariku Bekele, Fatuma Roba, Derartu Tulu and the Dibaba sisters (Tirunesh, Ejigayehu & Genzebe) to name a few. It was there that Birtukan started running at the age of 14.
Birtukan won the race in 18:56 followed by Morocco-Italian Nadja Ejjafini (19:10) and Tatyana Holovchenko of the Ukraine (19:24).
MenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race Ã¢â‚¬â€œ
Zelalem run neck in neck with Longosiwa, but had to settle for second place as he was unable to keep up with the KenyanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s last lap surge.
Leading Results –
1 Thomas Longosiwa (Kenya) 26:06
2 Zalalem Bacha (Ethiopia) 26:23
3 Paul Sugut (Kenya) 26:37
1 Birtukan Alemu Fente (Ethiopia) 18:56
2 Nadja Ejjafini (Italy) 19:10
3 Tatyana Holovchenko (Ukraine) 19:24