It was a busy weekend of two European Athletics Cross Country Permit events, in Kerkrade in the Netherlands, and Rovereto in Italy, which produced some fine results.
In the first of those, European athletes triumphed in both the men’s and women’s races.
At the Abdijcross, Sweden’s David Nilsson, who has run for his country in the marathon at both the World and European Championships, had a comfortable win as he mixed speed with endurance.
He triumphed in 33:46 ahead of Belgium’s Dame Tasame (34:06), Burundi’s Onesphore Nkunzimana (34:32) and Khalid Choukoud (34:33) of the Netherlands.
Nilsson was just too quick for the rest in the final part of the race as he stretched ahead to secure a good win.
Run in the woods near the Rolduc medieval abbey, Choukoud was happy with his performance in fourth as he looked to the future and said: “My goal is the Rotterdam marathon on April 9.”
The women’s race over 7.4km became a battle of two Belgians – and age meant nothing, Imana Truyers is 23 and veteran Veerle Dejaeghere is 43 but in end they were separated by only 12 seconds, with Truyers winning in 27:42 in a race where the Netherlands’ Marijke de Visser was third.
At the Abdijcross in Kerkrade on Sunday, Sweden’s David Nilsson bounced back from a DNF at the European Cross Country Championships to win the senior men’s race in 33:46 ahead of Belgium-based Ethiopian Tasama Dame (34:06) and Burundian Olympian Onesphone Nkuzimana (34:32).
Belgian athletes took a one-two in the senior women’s race with 23-year-old Imana Truyers defeating Veerle Dejaeghere – some 20 years her senior – by 15 seconds, 27:42 to 27:54.
Steven Mills for the IAAF
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