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Gebrehiwot retains Diekirch Euro Cross title

Eleni Gebrehiwot at the 2013 Euro Cross (Photo: Daily Journal archive / sportpics)
Eleni Gebrehiwot at the 2013 Euro Cross (Photo: Daily Journal archive / sportpics)

German-based Ethiopian, Eleni Gebrehiwot, defended her title at the ING Euro Cross Country meeting in the Luxembourg town of Diekirch on Sunday.

Gebrehiwot, 31, won the 2014 Diekirch Euro Cross comfortably clocking a time of 20:28 over the 5.5km course ahead of 2012 winner Almensch Belete, from Belgium.

Belete, 24, finished in second place in 20:48 with Sabrina Mockenhaupt from Germany completing the podium in 21:03.

Kenyan-born Qatari Alex Kibet improved on his runner-up finish at Diekirch in 2013 to take the men’s 10.275km race in 33:03 and 28 seconds ahead of the Belgian-based Ethiopian Dame Tasame. (Ethiopia, 5,000m best time: 13:12)

Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha, 16, who is the reigning IAAF World Youth champion over 3,000m, made a solid debut in third in 34:18 while Yonas Kinde, an Eritrean who has been based in Luxembourg since 2012, was a creditable fourth in 34:23.

The three-time Diekirch Euro Cross winner (2005, 2007, 2010) Onesphore Nkunzimana, from Burundi, was a non-finisher in his first race of the year.

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