Kenya’s Mawia to face strong Ethiopian test in her Cross Country Tour title defense race
After failing to finish the race in Soria, Kenya's Lucy Mawia will get back to the field and attempt to defend her title during the sixth World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold Level event in Madrid on Sunday, November 26, 2023.
Mawia was unable to complete the race in Soria as she dropped out before the final kilometre.
Mawia will again face a formidable Ethiopian unit of Amebaw and Asayech Ayichew, who won the race in Soria. After a toe-to-toe race, Amebew finally claimed the first position ahead of her teammate.
Amebew is in good form, having run in four cross-country races this season, where she claimed three podium places to her name in Amoberieta and Soria. She emerged as the winner in Soria just after recovering from a fever, and one of the goals in Alcobendas will be to improve on her 2021 third place.
The East Africans will face Italy's Nadia Battocletti, who is a multiple European cross-country medalist and finished fifth in the 5km at the World Road Running Championships in Riga, Latvia.
Battocletti will have the company of Anna Arnaudo, who clocked 32:09.54 in the 10,000m.
As Amebew, Mawia, and Ayichew run on Sunday, they will hope to join the famed list of past winners that includes Zersenay Tadese in 2005, Kenya’s Joseph Ebuya in 2007 and 2010, Ethiopia's Tamirat Tola (2015), Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo in 2018, Portugal in 1996, Ethiopia's Meselech Melkamu in 2005 and 2006, Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot in 2009, and Linet Masai of Kenya in both 2008 and 2015.