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Tamile triumphs in Le Mans

Tamile triumphs in Le Mans

Ethiopian Getaneh Tamire opened his 2017 season with victory over 9km at the Cross Ouest France in Le Mans on Sunday (15).

Tamire has represented Ethiopia at continental level on three occasions over the past two years – including at the 2015 African Games in Brazzaville where he won the 5000m title – but the 23-year-old could put himself in contention for a spot on the national team for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017 on 26 March.

Tamire, who lowered his 5000m PB to 13:05.59 last summer, won the senior men’s 9km in 28:52 by three seconds from Burundi’s Thierry Ndikumwenayo (28:55) with Biyazen Alehegn, who finished fourth over 5000m at the IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016, rounding out the podium in third in 29:07.

France-based Kenyan Susan Kipsang won the women’s 6.3km in 22:37 ahead of Ethiopia’s Chaltu Negasa (22:39) and Bahrain’s Edao Bontu (22:43) with world U20 1500m champion Adanech Anbesa fourth in 22:49.

Alehegn and Anbesa are both still eligible to represent Ethiopia in the U20 race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017 in March.

At the Abdijcross in Kerkrade on Sunday, Sweden’s David Nilsson bounced back from a DNF at the European Cross Country Championships to win the senior men’s race in 33:46 ahead of Belgium-based Ethiopian Tasama Dame (34:06) and Burundian Olympian Onesphone Nkuzimana (34:32).

Belgian athletes took a one-two in the senior women’s race with 23-year-old Imana Truyers defeating Veerle Dejaeghere – some 20 years her senior – by 15 seconds, 27:42 to 27:54.