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Sergey Lebid Clinches Ninth European XC Title

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 14, 2010

Sergey Lebid holds up nine fingers--one for every win. Photo: IAAF

Lebid has raced in every European Cross-Country Championship.

Sergey Lebid of the Ukraine won his ninth title at the Spar European Cross-Country Championships in Albufeira, Portugal last Sunday. Lebid ran a smart, tactical race, not taking the lead until he had just 300 meters to go. His time for the 9.870K race was 29:15.

Lebid is 35 years old. He is the only runner who has competed in every European Cross-Country race since they were created 16 years ago.

“This was almost the perfect race for me. I was at 99 per cent apart from a slight stomach discomfort in the middle of the race, it’s always my stomach,” he said afterwards.

Giving Lebid a run for the money was Spain’s Ayad Lamdassem who made a move that distanced everyone else in the pack except for Lebid.

The Spaniard ended up taking home the silver medal. Portugal’s Youssef El Kalai took third.

In the senior women’s race, Jessica Augusto of Portugal, a hometown favorite since the race was held in Portugal, proved victorious.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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