International XC

Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 17 Jan '12

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Kipsang reigns in Seville rain

Linet Masai and Geoffrey Kipsang were amongst the winners on the IAAF circuit this weekend, as the XC season across Europe continues in this non-World Cross year. The was also action over in Italy at the Villa Lagarina race…

Perhaps with one eye already on the track, and more especially London, Masai and some of the higher profile east African runners have been taking things steady on the XC circuit this winter. However both the mens and womens fields for the Cross Internacional de Itálica near Seville were absolutely stacked with champions.

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Linet Masai

The elegant Masai was a convincing winner over the 8km course, beating 2011 World Cross winner Vivian Cheruiyot by a comfortable 18 seconds.

In the men’s race reigning World junior XC champion Kipsang produced a stunning display of front running take the race ahead of fellow Kenyan Albert Rop, seemingly another quality distance athlete on the conveyor belt of talent that emanates from the east African endurance running powerhouse.

Kipsang and Masai reign in rainy Seville

Santiponce (Seville), Spain – Kenya’s Geoffrey Kipsang and Linet Masai captured their respective victories in commanding fashion at the 30th ‘Cross Internacional de Itálica’ – the sixth leg of this season’s IAAF Cross Country Permit series

Ethiopians dominate at Villa Lagarina XC

Villa Lagarina, Italy – Ethiopia claimed a winning sweep at the 35th edition of the International EA Cross Country race in Villa Lagarina near Rovereto on Sunday (15)

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  1. Steven Jan 17, 11:41 AM

    There is some great footage on youtube (here) of the legend that is Jon Brown winning the 1997 edition of the race. Inspirational stuff.

  2. Matt MST Jan 18, 11:06 AM

    Thanks for the link Steven, great race, though Jon was second after all!

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