Bekele only fourth - Dibaba over Cheruiyot
Kenenisa Bekele was beaten the Edinburgh International Cross Country Race on Saturday. The Ethiopian world and Olympic winner ended in snowy conditions only fourth (29:17) as the wictory went to Kenyan Joseph Ebuya (28:41).
Other Kenyans Titus Mbishei (28:43) and Eliud Kipchoge (29:04) were second and third respectively. The Kenyan duo, Ebuya and Mbishei, pushed the pace from the start of the 9km race and by halfway already started stretching away from former World 5000 m Champion Eliud Kipchoge and Bekele.
After continuously switching the lead they opened up a decisive gap and with 3km to go it was clear that the winner would come from the PACE Sports Management camp headed by Ricky Simms.
The last time Bekele lost a cross country race was in 2007 when he did not finish the World Championships in Mombasa.
„I got killed by the three Kenyan‘s,” Bekele said and admitted he had undertaken some positive training sessions before coming to the Scottish capital via London where last Thursday he visited the Olympic Park in east London.
„I normally would only arrive a day before so I missed a couple of training sessions. You can see that the weather made it very difficult. I think I was slightly out of shape today which also didn‘t help,“ he added.
Mexican Juan Luis Barrios was 5th (29:25), Ukrainian cross-country specialist Sergiy Lebid was the best European in sixth (29:51) while best Briton was Chris Thompson in 7th (29:52).
Olympic winner Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia won the women’s 6 km race in her first competition on snow beating the reigning world 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya by 10 seconds (21:37-21:47).
At third position Ethiopian junior Kalkedan Gezahegn posted 21:48 in close finish over best home runners.
Stephanie Twell had her best run of the winter season finishing in 5th place after leading in the middle part of the race and lost in finish to European champion Hayley Yelling-Higham who was fourth (both were credited with 21:51). Steeplechase world medallist Milcah Chemos was sixth with 21:51.
A below par Mo Farah placed 3rd (13:28) and Tom Lancashire was fourth (13:43) in the 4km race which was held at the start of the program. Ricky Stevenson won the race clocking 13:20 ahead of Steve Vernon (13:23). Andy Baddeley ended in seventh (13:54).
Source: EME News