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January 5, 2019 0 By jegmar

62nd Cross Campaccio-International Cross Country (๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น)

Men

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 (๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น) and Hagos Gebrhiwet (๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น) 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 (๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช), who had picked up a brace of big career victories at last yearโ€™s Diamond League events in Eugene and Rabat. Heโ€™s joined by European Cross Country bronze medalist, Aras Kaya (๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท), Albert Chemutai (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ) who finished 3rd at last weekโ€™s Corrrida de Houilles 10K and Chala Regasa (๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น) who was 11th fastest in the world over 3000m last year.

The home nationโ€™s best hope lies with Yemaneberhan Crippa (๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น), 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 (๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง).

Women

The womenโ€™s race sees a trio of world class steeplechasers in the form of Norah Jeruto (๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช), Peruth Chemutai (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ) and Winfred Yavi (๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ญ). 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 (๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท), a 3-time European Cross Country Champion and Gloria Kite (๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช) who recently took the victory at the Cross Internacional de Soria in November.

Prediction:

๐Ÿฅ‡ Selemon Barega
๐Ÿฅ‡ Norah Jerutoโ€จ

17th Xiamen Marathon (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ)

Course Records: 2:06:19 | 2:19:52

Men

Dejene Debela (๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น) – reigning champion with a 2:07:10 PB
Eliud Kiptanui (๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช) – making his marathon debut 9 months after running the fifth fastest half marathon time ever to win in Berlin
Bazu Worku (๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น) – 2018 Houston Marathon winner with 18 previous marathon finishes and a 2:05:25 PB from 2010
Peter Kimeli Some (๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช) – ran 2:06:47 last year to finish third in Daegu and a PB of 2:05:38 set in 2013
Vincent Kipruto (๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช) – 2:05:13 PB (2010) and 2011 World Championship marathon silver medallistโ€จ

Women

Shasho Insermu (๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น) 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 (๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช) – has won six of her seventeen career marathons. No Kenyan woman has ever won this race
Fantu Jimma (๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น) – 2:26:14 marathon PB set in 2015
Tsehay Desalegn (๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น) – 2nd in the Hangzhou Marathon two months ago with a new PB of 2:27:35
Milliam Ebongon (๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช) – winner of the Kosice Peace Marathon in October with a new PB of 2:27:16

Prediction:

๐Ÿฅ‡ Eric Kiptanui
๐Ÿฅ‡ Shasho Insermu