A tough course with sand and hills made the race even more challenging.
It was a Portuguese affair in the women’s race at the IAAF Cross-Country Permit Series 2010/11 in Oeiras, Portugal last Saturday. Anália Rosa owon the 5K in 20:01. Rosa, the former Portuguese long and short course cross country champion, made her move just before the last lap had begun. She then ran alone with a comfortable advantage that she controlled until the tape.
“I made my race. I tried to be in first place to gain my place in the Portuguese team (for the European XC champs) and I did my best. I only believed I could win when I was right in front of finish line. I made a very good and strong race but I ran all I could,” Rosa said.
In the men’s race (9K), Eritrea’s Teklemariam Medhin the World Cross-Country silver medallist, controlled the pace from the onset and won handily in 28:33. “This was a tough course, much sand and lots of hills,” recalled Medhin afterwards. “I’ve won here because I’m in a very good shape.”
Second place went to fellow Eritrean, Kidane Tadese, Zersenay Tadese’s younger brother.
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