Racing PreviewJanuary 5, 2019
62nd Cross Campaccio-International Cross Country (🇮🇹)
The IAAF Campaccio is one of the most prestigious cross country races in the world, with past winners including Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele. This year looks set to provide yet more high quality racing. Selemon Barega (🇪🇹) and Hagos Gebrhiwet (🇪🇹) went head to head in Brussels to clock the 4th and 5th fastest 5000m times ever last August. On that occasion it was Barega who finished on top, but former junior World Cross Country Champion, Gebrhiwet, will hope to avenge that loss on Sunday. Also hoping to be in the mix will be Steeplechaser, Benjamin Kigen (🇰🇪), who had picked up a brace of big career victories at last year’s Diamond League events in Eugene and Rabat. He’s joined by European Cross Country bronze medalist, Aras Kaya (🇹🇷), Albert Chemutai (🇺🇬) who finished 3rd at last week’s Corrrida de Houilles 10K and Chala Regasa (🇪🇹) who was 11th fastest in the world over 3000m last year.
The home nation’s best hope lies with Yemaneberhan Crippa (🇮🇹), who ranked 17th in the world over 10000m in 2018 and took home the bronze medal in the same event at the European Championships. British interest rests solely on the shoulders of European trials winner, Ross Millington (🇬🇧).
The women’s race sees a trio of world class steeplechasers in the form of Norah Jeruto (🇰🇪), Peruth Chemutai (🇺🇬) and Winfred Yavi (🇧🇭). They were ranked 2nd, 7th and 11th in the world respectively last year in the event, which you can expect to translate well over the more difficult cross country terrain. However, they face tough opposition from Yasemin Can (🇹🇷), a 3-time European Cross Country Champion and Gloria Kite (🇰🇪) who recently took the victory at the Cross Internacional de Soria in November.
🥇 Selemon Barega
🥇 Norah Jeruto
17th Xiamen Marathon (🇨🇳)
Course Records: 2:06:19 | 2:19:52
Dejene Debela (🇪🇹) – reigning champion with a 2:07:10 PB
Eliud Kiptanui (🇰🇪) – making his marathon debut 9 months after running the fifth fastest half marathon time ever to win in Berlin
Bazu Worku (🇪🇹) – 2018 Houston Marathon winner with 18 previous marathon finishes and a 2:05:25 PB from 2010
Peter Kimeli Some (🇰🇪) – ran 2:06:47 last year to finish third in Daegu and a PB of 2:05:38 set in 2013
Vincent Kipruto (🇰🇪) – 2:05:13 PB (2010) and 2011 World Championship marathon silver medallist
Shasho Insermu (🇪🇹) had a huge breakthrough in Amsterdam three months ago, running 2:23:28 to claim second place. Has won five out of her nine marathons
Janet Rono (🇰🇪) – has won six of her seventeen career marathons. No Kenyan woman has ever won this race
Fantu Jimma (🇪🇹) – 2:26:14 marathon PB set in 2015
Tsehay Desalegn (🇪🇹) – 2nd in the Hangzhou Marathon two months ago with a new PB of 2:27:35
Milliam Ebongon (🇰🇪) – winner of the Kosice Peace Marathon in October with a new PB of 2:27:16
🥇 Eric Kiptanui
🥇 Shasho Insermu