A round-up of some of the latest news and results from the world of the sport, including performances in New Year’s Eve races
Edris and Tirop win BOclassic
Ethiopian Muktar Edris regained his title at the BOclassic in Bolzano on December 31. Edris won the 10km in 28:52 ahead of team-mate Imane Merga in 28:54, with Jairus Birech third in 28:57. European marathon champion Tadesse Abraham from Switzerland was the leading European finisher in fifth in 29:07.
World cross country champion Agnes Tirop from Kenya won the women’s race in 15:44 ahead of Ethiopians Gelete Burka (15:49) and Etenesh Diro (16:18) and Britain’s Steph Twell (16:28).
Sumgong secures success in Sao Paulo
Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong made a winning return to Brazil with victory at the Sao Silvestre de Sao Paulo over 15km in a course record of 48:35 ahead of Kenyan team-mate Filomena Cheyech (49:15) and Bahrain’s Eunice Chebii (50:26).
Ethiopia’s Leul Gebrselassie improved on his runner-up finish from last year with victory in 44:53 ahead of team-mate Dawit Admasu (44:55) and Kenya’s Stephen Kosgei (45:00).
Amlosom victorious at San Silvestre Vallecana
Eritrea’s Nguse Amlosom won the San Silvestre Vallecana in Madrid in 28:09 ahead of European 5000m champion Ilias Fifa (28:11) and Antonio Abadia (28:26).
Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei won the women’s race in 32:07 by six seconds ahead of Poland’s Karolina Nadolska, with France’s Liv Westphal third in 32:42. Azucena Diaz was the top Spanish finisher in fourth in 33:08.
Beaugrand wins We Run Rome 10K
Teenage French triathlete Cassandre Beaugrand won the We Run Rome 10K in 33:12 ahead of former world marathon silver medallist Valeria Straneo (33:21) and European marathon champion Christelle Daunay (33:32).
Olivier Irabaruta from Burundi won the men’s race in 28:46 ahead of Stanley Biwott (28:52) and Florian Carvalho (28:54), with Stefano La Rosa fourth in 29:18.
Chumo gets win in Peuerbach
Kenya’s Victor Chumo won his third title in a row at the Silvesterlauf in Peuerbach, Austria. Chumo covered the 6.8km course in 19:21 ahead of Richard Ringer (19:22) and Cornelius Kangogo (19:26), with Serbian talent Elzan Bibic (17) fourth in 19:30.
Angela Tanui made it a Kenyan double, winning the 5.1km in 15:55 ahead of Serbia’s Amela Terzic (16:05). Olympic 10,000m fourth placer Alice Aprot was a late withdrawal.
London 2017 gets ready
London 2017 organisers announced at the beginning of the year that the search for event mascots will commence and exciting schools programme are to be announced.
All available tickets are on sale now at tickets.london2017athletics.com from £10 for adults and £5 for children.
Currently 10,000 volunteers are going through the recruitment process and being interviewed with the first of the ‘Runners’ being chosen and announced in March 2017. While this process is well underway, 16-18 year olds from London athletics clubs can also apply up until February 5 to become kit carriers at the events.
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