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Burka, Kifle dominate in Aranda de Duero

Burka, Kifle dominate in Aranda de Duero

A decade after winning the short course title at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Fukuoka, Ethiopia’s Gelete Burka began her potential path to Kampala next March with an unopposed victory at the Cross de la Constitucion in Aranda de Duero on Saturday (3).

The world silver medallist, who finished eighth over 10,000m at the 2016 Olympics this summer and arrived fresh from a half marathon PB of 1:09:32 in New Delhi, covered the 7.91km course in 27:20 to defeat Kenya’s Peninah Jerop by 22 seconds with Tania Carrerero the top Spanish finisher in third in 28:15.

After finishing second in Soria and Alcobendas in back-to-back weekends, Eritrean teenager Aron Kifle scored his first victory of the cross-country season in the senior men’s 9.985km.

The world U20 10,000m silver medallist ran to a comfortable successful defence of his title to ensure the sixth Eritrean victory in this race since 2010. The 18-year-old clocked 27:59 to defeat compatriot and Olympic steeplechase finalist Yemane Haileselassie by 32 seconds with Kenya’s Daniel Rotich a distant third in 28:56.

Marathon specialist Javier Guerra was the top Spanish finisher in fifth in 29:04 read more from IAAF