Alcobendas (Madrid), (EFE) .- The Eritrean Aron Kiple took his revenge against the Ugandan Timothy Toroitich to win the Cross of the Constitution for the first time, in which the Spanish champions, Adel Mechaal and Trihas Gebre, they gathered morale for the Europeans with two podiums.
It announced a new duel between Toroitich, winner last year, and Kifle, then defeated the sprint, and the men's race, 10,060 meters, responded to expectations, but this time the Eritrean did not leave everything for the end.
The two favorites were left alone in the third kilometer while behind Mechaal was always in the fight for third place on the podium.
Great performances of the Eritrean Aron Kifle who took revenge on the Ugandan Toroitich
Halfway through the race, Kifle's persistent attack by the dismantling of the park of Andalusia ended up busting Toroitich, who remained irretrievably behind, in a second place that he kept without problems until the end, 35 seconds behind the winner, who invested 29 : 22 minutes
The emotion was in the fight for third place. Mechaal beat all the way with the Eritrean Yemane Haileselassie and the Kenyan Vincent Rono.
His status as a mediofondista (fourth in 1,500 this year at the World Cup in London) raised doubts about whether Mechaal would hold on the last lap, but Antonio Serrano's disciple even had the strength to attack and leave Rono nailed 400 meters from the goal.
Ayad Lamdassem, twice European runner-up of cross, was the second best Spanish, sixth, followed by Juan Pérez Moreno, Javi Guerra and Jesús España.
The women's race, 8,040 meters, crowned the Kenyan Alice Aprot, runner-up world champion, who had just won the previous Sunday in Soria. In the first third, however, he had to push so that he did not miss an ambitious Trihas Gebre who broke the test from the start.
In the third kilometer the Kenyan and the Spanish were paired and shortly after, taking advantage of the prolonged climb of counter-goal, Aprot put land in the middle until being victorious in the finish line with a time of 27:20.
The girl from Ethiopia crossed the finish line 34 seconds later, after having covered the entire second half in no man's land.
The Alcarreña Ana Lozano was the best in the group and obtained a third position that paid her work always at the head of the package. Marta Pérez, the Portuguese Catarina Ribeiro, Elena García Grimau, Nuria Lugueros and Celia Antón occupied the following places.
The cross of Alcobendas was the third and final scoring competition to get a place in the selection that will play in December the cross Europeans of Samorin (Slovakia). EFE
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