Tariku Bekele of Ethiopia wins 15k run in Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo, Brazil – Tariku Bekele of Ethiopia (men) and Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya (women) were the winners at the 87th edition of the traditional Ã¢â‚¬Å“Corrida Internacional de SÃƒÂ£o SilvestreÃ¢â‚¬Â 15k run held in the streets of SÃƒÂ£o Paulo on Saturday, December 31.
Held each New YearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Eve, this traditional Brazilian road race commemorates the end of the year.
Bekele dominated the field crossing the finish line in 43:35, while JeptooÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s time of 48:48, was a new record for the new course.
Held in the middle of a torrential storm, the 24-year-old Bekele Ã¢â‚¬â€œ younger brother of the long-distance king Kenenisa Ã¢â‚¬â€œ was able to shake the peloton off at the seventh kilometre, at the Avenue Rio Branco. From that point Bekele controlled the race until its end.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was able to put my plan in place,Ã¢â‚¬Â explained Bekele. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I wanted to push hard after the sixth kilometre, and the rain didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t bother me at all. My experience as a track athlete gave me the edge over people who come from the Marathon, such as Kisorio and Lel. All the training IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m putting in for the World Indoor Championships along with Kenenisa also helped me. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m hoping this victory will be a good motivation for both of us.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Jeptoo prevails in a tight battle
Italian Nadia Ejjafini lead the womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race at its first stages, up to the Ã¢â‚¬Å“EstÃƒÂ¡dio PacembuÃ¢â‚¬Â, around the fifth kilometre. At the point of the Avenida Rudge (eight kilometres) Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo and Ethiopian Ayalew Wude grabbed control setting a strong pace in spite of the heavy rains.
The 24-year-old Wude, winner of the SÃƒÂ£o Silvestre in 2008, made a move at the uphill of Brigadeiro Luiz AntÃƒÂ´nio, but Jeptoo covered it without a problem. With the rest of the pack well behind, the race was decided in the final straight, at the Obelisco, with Jeptoo prevailing over Wude by four seconds.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m very happy with the victoryÃ¢â‚¬Â, said the 27-year-old Jeptoo, silver medallist in the Marathon at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The SÃƒÂ£o Silvestre is among the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best road races, and now I want to return to win my second title. The only thing I wish would be not to face rain again. I had never seen a storm like this.Ã¢â‚¬Â
87th Ã¢â‚¬Å“Corrida Internacional de SÃƒÂ£o SilvestreÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€œ SÃƒÂ£o Paulo, 31 December 2011 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 15Km Ã¢â‚¬â€œ
1. Tariku Bekele, ETH 43:35
2. Mark Korir, KEN 43:58
3. Matthew Kisorio, KEN 44:12
1. Priscah Jeptoo, KEN 48:48
2. Ayelew Wude, ETH 48:52
3. Eunice Kirwa, KEN 50:58