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Ndiwa gets second at Villagarina

Ndiwa gets second at Villagarina

Three years after his first triumph, Kenya’s Robert Ndiwa claimed his second victory at the 40th edition of the Cross Internazionale della Vallagarina held on a snow-laden course on the outskirts of Rovereto on Sunday.

Ndiwa covered the undulating and lapped course measured at just over 9km in 27:22 to defeat in-form Olivier Irabaruta from Burundi – who upset Stanley Biwott at the New Year’s Eve 10km in Rome – by five seconds with Marco Salami third on home soil in 27:32.

Ethiopia’s Alemitu Hawi was expected to become the first woman since 1990 to claim back-to-back titles but the 2014 world U20 5000m silver medallist had to settle for third in the senior women’s 6km in 22:45 behind Sara Dossena (22:25) and Valeria Roffino (22:27).