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Aprot decimates opposition in Soria

Aprot decimates opposition in Soria

Employing her trademark front-running tactics, Olympic 10,000m fourth-placer Alice Aprot claimed a comprehensive victory over 8km at the 23rd edition of the Campo a Traves Internacional de Soria in the north-central Spanish city on Sunday (20).

Aprot became the third successive Kenyan winner of the women’s senior race in Soria and the 12th in event history, following in the footsteps of prestigious names such as Sally Barsosio (1994), Vivian Cheruiyot (2007), Linet Masai (2009, 2015) and Mercy Cherono (2014).

Aprot covered the 8km course in 26:18 and defeated a solid international field in the process. Uganda’s Juliet Chekwel, who has twice finished inside the top-15 at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, was a distant second in 27:30 with Olympic 1500m finalist Sofia Ennaoui from Poland third in 27:51.

Timothy Toroitich was narrowly outsprinted in Atapuerca last weekend but the Ugandan was back in winning form in Soria where he became the first three-time winner in race history.

Toroitich covered the 10km in 29:10 to defeat Eritrea’s world U20 10,000m silver medallist Aron Kifle - who is eligible for the U20 race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala next March - by ten seconds while his namesake Goitom Kifle (no relation) finished third in 29:44.

Three-time Olympian Alessandra Aguilar also claimed a hat-trick of victories in Toledo at the Cross Nacional Trofeo Espada Toledana over 7km in 24:35 while Antonio Abadia won the men’s 9km in 27:47.