Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris won the 83rd edition of the Cinque Mulini in San Vittore Olona on Sunday (15), two years after his first title at the IAAF Cross Country Permit meeting.
Edris, the fastest runner in the world over 5000m in 2014, crossed the finish-line in 33:50, beating Kenya’s Alex Kibet by nine seconds on a muddy and slippery course which made the race difficult.
In the women’s race, Kenya’s Violet Jelagat, fifth at the World Mountain Race Championships last September, took a surprising win in 24:40, beating Portuguese cross-country specialist Ana Dulce Felix by 22 seconds.
On a rainy and cold day which made the course one of the muddiest courses in the past 30 editions of the Cinque Mulini, Edris was at one point down in 21st place during the first of five laps of the legendary course.
Edris, who took the bronze medal in the junior race at the 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, clawed his way back into the race and had moved up to fourth place during the second lap.
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