The 18-year-old took the lead from the beginning.
Albert Rop of Kenya proved victorious at the ING Eurocross, an IAAF Cross-Country Permit Meeting held in snowy Diekirch, Luxembourg last Sunday.
Rop was the pre-race favorite over the 10.2K distance. He seized the lead early in the race and never looked back.
Alex Kibet and Burundi’s Onesphore Nkunzimana went with Rop from the start.
The first runner to drop was Nkunzimana. Kibet pushed Rop to the end in a sprint finish, but didn’t have the speed. The 18-year-old Rop prevailed in 31 minutes and 11 seconds.
“After taking second place a year ago, I am very happy to have now won this event,” he said afterward.
Kibet took second, while Melaku Belachew of Ethiopia was third.
Meanwhile, in the women’s race, Eleni Gebrehiwot of Ethiopia won in the 5.3K distance.
Her winning time was 19:17. Mestawet Tadesse took second in 19:59. Fathia Benchatki was third in 20:03.
“Of course I am very happy with my performance today,” Tadesse said.
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