The traditional New Year’s race includes laps around the middle of an old Italian city.
It came down to the wire in the men’s race at the Boclassic Silvester Lauf in Bolzano, Italy on New Year’s Eve. Ultimately, Imane Merga of Ethiopia prevailed over Britain’s top distance runner, Mo Farah. According to the race report posted on the IAAF, Merga’s margin of victory was measured “in the thickness of his vest.”
Both Farah and Merga were awarded the same finishing times for the 10K race: 28:32. Farah is the European 5,000m and 10,000m champion and has high hopes to compete on home turf at the Bupa Great International Cross-Country event later this month in Scotland.
Meanwhile, Olympic 5000m bronze medallist and defending champion Edwin Soi of Kenya placed third in 28:41.
“I am happy with today’s win and the season. It was a very hard race today. It was a great year for me,” Merga recalled afterwards. “Next year I am planning to take part in the World Cross Country Championships in Spain.”
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