Report: Seyaum And Yihune Are Campaccio XC Champions
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On Thursday, Ethiopians Dawit Seyaum and Addisu Yihune won the 65th edition of the Campaccio in San Giorgio su Legnano, the eighth Gold level meeting of the World Athletics Cross Country Tour this season. Report: Seyaum and Yihune are Campaccio xc champions.
The popular Northern Italian race’s 2022 edition commemorated the local sports club Unione Sportiva Sangiorgese’s 100th anniversary.
In the women’s race, Eritrea’s Rahel Daniel Ghebreyohannes took the early lead, followed by a seven-woman group that included Ethiopia’s Medina Eisa, Kenya’s world U20 champion Beatrice Chebet, Seyaum, Kenya’s Lucy Mawia, Ethiopia’s Fantaye Belayneh, Italy’s Anna Arnaudo, and her compatriot Nadia Battocletti, the European U23. The leading pack covered the first 2 kilometers in 6:38 seconds.
At 4 kilometers, seven athletes remained at the front as the pace quickened. Between 4km and 5km, Seyaum switched gears, clocking a 2:49 split. At 5 kilometers, the leading pack was reduced to five runners.
With 500 meters to go, Seyaum, Chebet, and Daniel Ghebreyohannes pulled away and battled it out for the win. Seyaum released her final kick to cross the finish line in 18:48, only one second ahead of Atapuerca cross country winner Daniel Ghebreyohannes. Chebet was beaten by Daniel Ghebreyohannes for the second time this cross country season and had to settle for third place in 18:51, ahead of Belayneh (18:56) and Eisa (18:57). (19:05).
Battocletti finished sixth in 19:06, just ahead of her Slovenian competitor Klara Lukan.
Seyaum made it two wins in a row after winning the Boclassic 5km road event in Bolzano last Friday.
Top 3 Women
1 Dawit Seyaum (ETH) 18:48
2 Rahel Daniel Ghebreyohannes (ERI) 18:49
3 Beatrice Chebet (KEN) 18:51
Kenya’s Vincent Kipkurui Too, Emmanuel Korir Kiplagat, and Amos Serem, as well as Ethiopia’s Yihune, Eritrea’s Aron Kifle, and Italian runners Iliass Aouani, Yohanes Chiappinelli, and Eyob Ghebrehiwet Faniel, completed the first 3km in 8:43 seconds.
During the third lap, Too set the pace in front of an eight-man group, closely followed by Serem, Kiplagat, Kifle, Yihune, and Faniel. They ran 4 kilometers in 11:46 and 5 kilometers in 14:30.
At 7 kilometers, Aouani was the first to drop back, and the leading group was reduced to seven athletes. Serem, Kifle, Faniel, Too, Yihune, and Chiappinelli were the next six racers to surge to the front.
At 8 kilometers, Yihune, Kiplagat, Too, Serem, and Kifle ramped up the pace and separated themselves from marathon runner Faniel by two seconds. Yihune stayed in front and extended his lead throughout the final lap, crossing the finish line in 28:39, six seconds ahead of Kiplagat.
Serem, who won the global U20 steeplechase gold medal in Nairobi last August, came in third in a close sprint in 28:53, holding off Too. In 28:59, Kifle completed the top five.
Faniel was the first Italian athlete to cross the finish line in 29:15, beating out European 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist Chiappinelli (29:21) and Italian cross country champion Aouani (29:45).
Haile Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele, Muktar Edris, Imane Merga, and Hagos Gebrhiwet are among the Ethiopian athletes who have won the Campaccio race.
Yihune, who will turn 19 in March, was fourth in the 5000m at the World U20 Championships in Nairobi and ran a personal best of 12:58.99 in Hengelo last June.
“I felt confident during the race that I could win, as I knew that I was well prepared. I train with Selemon Barega. He is my role model”, said Yihune
Top 3 Men
1. Addisu Yihune (ETH) – 28:39 seconds
2. Emmanuel Korir Kiplagat (KEN) – 28:45 seconds
3. Amos Serem (KEN) – 28: seconds