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Kenya’s Mawia falter again as Ethiopia dominate World Athletics Cross Country Tour

Tuesday, November 28th, 2023 11:27 | By
Lucy Mawia in a cross Country race. PHOTO/Sprint News
Lucy Mawia in a cross Country race. PHOTO/Sprint News

Kenya's Lucy Mawia failed to defend her title after finishing fourth at the World Athletics Cross Country Tour in Alcobendas, Spain.

Mawia hoped to shine and defend her title in Madrid after failing to finish the race in Soria, but ended up failing to do so and even finishing outside the podium slots.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia's Likina Amebaw emerged as the winner after clocking 26:33, ahead of her compatriot Asayech Ayichew, who came in second in 26:38, and ahead of Italy's Nadia Battocletti, who was third after clocking 26:50.

Battocletti, who is a multiple European U20 and U23 cross-country champion, managed to set the pace, and before completing the opening kilometre, there were only six athletes in the leading pack.

Amebaw outshines rivals

At that point, Mawia was still in contention alongside Amebaw, Ayichew, Hungary's Lili Anna Vindics-Toth, and Alessia Zarbo of France.

Battocletti, Amebaw, Ayichew, and Mawia were toe-to-toe as the race progressed and other athletes faded away. Battocletti could not keep up with the Ethiopian unit with over a kilometre left before Amebew sprinted ahead of her rivals with about 700m remaining.

Ethiopia's Likina Amebaw in a previous World Athletics action. PHOTO/World Athletics
Ethiopia's Likina Amebaw in a previous World Athletics action. PHOTO/World Athletics

Amebew crossed the line five seconds ahead of Ayichew, and this came because of an incredible 7:18 superb last circuit.

“I felt a bit uneasy and heavy at the beginning, but then I began to feel much better.

"I like this kind of course, full of ups and downs; I really enjoy them; my next cross country competitions will be in Aranda de Duero (3 December) and Cantimpalos (10 December) before resuming the World Athletics Cross Country Tour in 2024. I'm also targeting a quick time over 10km in the coming months," Amebew said after beating her rivals to emerge as the winner.

World Athletics Cross Country Tour: Leading results

Women (8.1km)
1 Likina Amebaw (ETH) 26:33
2 Asayech Ayichew (ETH) 26:38
3 Nadia Battocletti (ITA) 26:50
4 Lucy Mawia (KEN) 27:26
5 Anna Arnaudo (ITA) 27:43
6 Cristina Ruiz (ESP) 27:58
7 Lili Anna Vindics-Toth (HUN) 28:12
8 Claudia Estévez (ESP) 28:30
9 Azucena Díaz (ESP) 28:40
10 Alessia Zarbo (FRA) 28:44

Men (10.1km)
1 Rodrigue Kwizera (BDI) 29:30
2 Martin Kiprotich (UGA) 29:38
3 Celestin Ndikumana (BDI) 29:52
4 Filmon Kibrom (ERI) 29:54
5 Aron Kifle (ERI) 30:07
6 Andreu Blanes (ESP) 30:15
7 Yves Nimubona (RWA) 30:28
8 David Bascuñana (ESP) 30:52
9 Oliver Löfqvist (SWE) 30:56
10 Roberto Aláiz (ESP) 31:12

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