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Asbel Kiprop Dominates Edinburgh XC Race

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 9, 2012
  • Updated Jan. 9, 2012 at 11:21 AM UTC
Middle distance ace Asbel Kiprop celebrates as he crosses the finish line in Edinburgh on Saturday. Photo: IAAF

Kenenisa Bekele finished a disappointing 11th.

Middle distance ace Asbel Kiprop celebrates as he crosses the finish line in Edinburgh on Saturday. Photo: IAAF

Though he’s the reigning world champion in the 1,500 meters, Asbel Kiprop of Kenya showed his versatility in a longer distance by winning the 3K race at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country on Saturday.

It was the 22-year-old’s first senior international cross-country race.

At the beginning, Eliud Kipchoge, who won the 4.2K event in Edinburgh last year, pushed the pace, but his move was not fast enough. Kiprop surged to the front in the third and final lap.

Also in the event was one of the most decorated long-distance runners in history, Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele, who put forth a lukewarm showing, finishing 11th.

“I was quite surprised that I beat the likes of Bekele, Kipchoge and [Brimin] Kipruto. I always expected Kenenisa to come to the front but I never saw him during the race,” said Kiprop afterwards.

In the women’s 6K event, the winner was Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton. Spain’s Ayad Lamdassem prevailed in the men’s 8K event.

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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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