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Nguse beats Birech in Amorebieta

Nguse beats Birech in Amorebieta

Olympic 10,000m ninth-place finisher Nguse Amlosom from Eritrea eked out a narrow victory over Kenya’s Jairus Birech in the senior men’s 10.7km at the Cross Internacional Zornotza in Amorebieta on Sunday (January 8).

On a mild day with firm underfoot conditions, Amlosom ran out to his second notable victory on Spanish soil in the space of just over a week. After winning the San Silvestre Vallecana 10km road race in Madrid on New Year’s Eve, Amlosom clocked 32:53 to defeat Birech by three seconds to ensure back-to-back wins.

European 5000m champion Ilias Fifa claimed the domestic bragging rights with a third-place finish in 33:01 ahead of Ayad Lamdassem (33:05) and Antonio Abadia (33:11) while veteran Jesus Espana, who beat Farah for the European 5000m title back in 2006, finished seventh in 33:30.

In the women’s 8.7km, British Olympian Jess Martin (nee Andrews) defeated Ethiopian-born Spaniard Trihas Gebre, who finished seventh at last month’s European Cross Country Championships in Chia.

Martin, who improved her 10,000m PB from 33:21.53 to 31:35.92 over the course of the summer season, clocked 30:25 to defeat Gebre – who was the arguable pre-race favourite after last month’s performance in Chia – by a comprehensive margin of 25 seconds.