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IAAF org: Chebii, Morató sprint to wins in Amorebieta Cross Country

Kenya’s reigning World Cross Country championships silver medallist

Abraham Chebii and Spaniard Rosa Morató captured thrilling sprint

victories at the 52nd Cross Internacional Zornotza - EAA Permit.

Chebii outkicks Kiprop

Running in cloudy but pleasant conditions, seven men remained in the

vanguard at the four kilometre point which was completed in a fast

11:53, but another 2:55 kilometre split by Kiprop was enough to leave

all his rivals behind by the midway point except Chebii, with fellow

Kenyan John Cheruiyot Korir and Eritrea’s Tesfayohannes Mesfin 20

metres behind. Further back, Ukraine’s six-time European Cross Country

champion Sergiy Lebid ran alon in fifth, with a solid advantage over

Spain’s Alberto García and José Ríos.

The young Kiprop, who was fourth at 10,000 metres at both the 2004

Olympic in Athens and the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, tried

to accelerate away from his fast-finishing pursuer Chebii several times

but to no avail: attempts by Kiprop to disrupt Chebii with his surges

served only to ensure a second place for himself as the Kenyan hardly

blinked.

 

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