Elgoibar, Spain – KenyaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s reigning World junior 3000m Steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto and EthiopiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Gelete Burka grabbed the victories at the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ70th Cross Internacional Juan MuguerzaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ in Elgoibar on Sunday (13).
Burka is an overwhelming victor
After her brilliant win at the New YearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Eve 10km race in Madrid with a superb 30:59 clocking, EthiopiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Gelete Burka began the 6.6km event as the woman to beat. Although her compatriot World junior 5000m champion Buze Diriba and KenyaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Mercy Cherono were tipped as her toughest rivals, the early stages of the event were dominated by European athletes like European cross-country bronze medallist Adrienne Herzog and the Spanish pair of Diana MartÃƒÂn and Alessandra Aguilar.
The 26-year-old Burka confirmed that she is now targeting the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz next March.
It was also a day of celebration because exactly 50 years ago the 1968 Olympic Marathon champion Mamo Wolde took the first of his four victories in Elgoibar. The trophy for the junior menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race is named in WoldeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s honour, and on this occasion it was won by ItalyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Lorenzo Dini, while SpainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Claudia EstÃƒÂ©vez won the junior womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race. This year also marked the 10th anniversary of Kenenisa BekeleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s victory in Elgoibar.
1 Gelete Burka (ETH) 22:53
2 Mercy Cherono (KEN) 22:59
3 Irine Cheptai (KEN) 23:08
4 Buze Diriba (ETH) 23:10
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