Merga Wins Ethiopian Clubs XC Race

Imane Merga showed his cross-country dominance at home in Ethiopia on Sunday. Photo: IAAF

Berlin Marathon winner Aberu Kebede was the women’s champion.

In the sport of cross-country, there appears to be no stopping Imane Merga. Last weekend, the Ethiopian, who happens to be the reigning world cross-country champion, prevailed at the 3rd Ethiopian Clubs Cross-Country Championships held at the Jan Meda race course.

Merga ran the 12K event for his club, Defence. He was using the race to test his recovery following numerous injuries he sustained earlier this year that kept him out of the 2012 London Olympics.

“I have been training hard after the track campaign and this proves that I have recovered well,” Merga said afterwards. “My aim this season is to defend my title in the World Cross and win a medal in Moscow.”

Merga crossed the line in 35:41. Second place went to Club Defence teammate Feyisa Lilesa, while Gemechu Edao took third.

In the women’s race, Aberu Kebede held off Sule Utura (second) and Shitaye Eshetu ) third) for the win.

Kebede’s winning time for the 8K race was 20:26.

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