Favourites Merga and Kibet win Bolzano

Merga-EdrisBolzano, Italy – Ethiopia’s Imane Merga, the 2011 World Cross Country Championships, and Kenya’s two-time IAAF World Championships 5000m silver medallist Sylvia Kibet, clinched, their second win each at the 38th edition of the famous Boclassic Sylverlauf in Bolzano over 10km on Monday (31).

Merga won the Boclassic in 2010 when he beat Great Britain Mo Farah in a dramatic sprint for the line.

This year, Merga repeated his feat, duelling with his 18-year-old compatriot Muktar Edris, the 2012 World Junior Championships 5000m winner, all the way to the finish.

Double delight for Merga

On the first of eight laps, Italy’s Scaini paced a big group of runners which included Merga, Edris, nine-time European cross country champion and five-time Boclassic winner Sergiy Lebid, Italy’s Stefano La Rosa and Kenya’s Silas Kipruto.

Merga, Edris, Lebid, Kipruto, La Rosa and American runner Scott Bauhs were together at the front through the second lap, going through in 7:35. Read more