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If you say ” trust” think about the Galbani (at least until the scandal of 2008 …); if you say “just say the word,” think of Falqui; if you say “against the weary of modern life,” you think of Cynare so, so many commercial slogans of this type are many, if you think cross you think at Campaccio. Yes, because now the race of San Giorgio on Legnano, included in full right in ‘exclusive international circuit Perm, with its long and glorious history, has become synonymous with cross.
World champion Japhet Korir: “I have no fear of any rival. I am the number one and I will show that tomorrow. Andrea Lalli and Daniele Meucci have pulled out of the race.”
Big names of cross country will fight it out for the win at the 57th Campaccio IAAF Permit Cross Country meeting on a muddy course as in the tradiztion of this race at the Angelo Alberti athletics track in San Giorgio su Legnano.
The race is expected to be held o a muddy course but in sunny weather conditions. African stars are to dominate the Campaccio race. World champion Japhet Korir, winner in the Antrim IAAF Cross Country race on Saturday, will face World silver medallist and 2011 World champion Imane Merga.
Both Merga and Korir won their last race and are in very good form. Merga won his last competition at the Boclassic 10 km race in Bolzano on 31st December Korir won in Antrim on Saturday showing that he is fully recovered from a lung infection which sidelined him from the track season.
“I ran only yesterday in Antrim and I have just arrived to Legnano but I am ready to run on Monday. I don’t fear anybody. I am the best cross country in the world and I will show it on Monday.
Merga i salso very confident for tomorrow’s race. I have fully recovered from Bolzano. I am ready to the challenge”.
Conseslus Kipruto, World 3000 metres steeplechase silver medallist in Moscow, will give them a run for their money, will arrive to San Giorgio su Legnano on Monday morning because he encountered some problems with visa. Another top runner who can mix in the fight for the podium is Albert Rop, the second fastest man in the world in the 5000 metres. The starting list is completed by US Christopher Barnicle eighth at the Boclassic and Poland’s Tomasz Szymowlak.
Unfortunately Italian stars have been forced to pull of the race. Lalli is suffering from a knee injury and needs a perio of rest. Meucci will not run because of flu.
Italy will be represented by Michele Fontana, eighth at the 2013 European Under 23 Cross Country Championships, Italian Half Marathon champion Gianmarco Buttazzo, and Cross Country veteran Gabriele De Nard.
The women’s race is also set to be a all-African race with the clash between Ethiopian Hywot Ayalew, silver medallist at the 2013 World Cross Country Championships and one of the strongest 3000m steeplechase runners in the world, Kenyan Linet Masai, 2000 world champion in the 10000m.and three-time world cross country silver medallist and World 3000m steeplechase champion Milcah Chemos. Ayalew won the last two editions of the IAAF Cross Country Permit Meeting in 2012 and 2013. In the last edition of the Atapuerca race last November Ayalew finished first ahead of Masai.
Unfortunately Italian runners Veronica Inglese and Elena Romagnolo will not take part in the race.
The Campaccio race will be broadcast live on Rai Sport Television from 14.55 to 17.00.
The popular Campaccio event will have an important coverage on social media. Tomorrow it will be possible to follow the race live on twitter. Everyone has the chance to become photographer of the 57th edition of the Campaccio. It will be enough to use the hashtag #campaccio either on twitter or on istagram and the photos will be published immediately on the dedicated page of the official website.
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The African super stars dominated the 57th edition of the Campaccio, the sixth leg of the IAAF Cross Country Permit circuit, held on a sunny and unseasonably warm day in San Giorgio su Legnano.
Men’s race: Without a serious opposition from Italian and European runners, African stars set the pace from the early stages of the men’s race. Albert Rop went to front forcing the pace during the first of the five laps of the 10 km race. And passed the first km split in 2:49. A six-men group formed by Albert Rop, Japhet Korir, Imane Merga, Kenneth Kipkemoi, Conseslus Kipruto and Jairus Birech fought it out at the front for most of the race with a big gap over the rest of the field. During the last lap Rop pulled away from Korir and Merga
and in the back-straight inside the Angelo Alberti athletics track he launched his kick to romp home in 28:19 three seconds ahead of reigning World Cross Country champion Japhet Korir. Rop’s time was just four seconds slower than Joseph Ebuya’s winning time in the 2011 edition of this race. It’s the first time that Barhein has won the Campaccio in the 57 editions of the popular Northern Italian race.
“Today I faced very strong rivals. It was a hard race.I tried to pull away from the rest of the field at the start of the race forcing the pace but I did not manage to do that. I saved energy in the mid of the race for the final sprint in the last lap. I am planning to run during the indoor season and take part in the IAAF World Championships in Sopot”
The third place went to 2011 World Cross Country champion Imane Merga who clocked 28:25.
THE ITALIAN RUNNERS: The best Italian runner was Jamel Chatbi, who finished seventh in 29:53. “I started well and I tried to keep the pace with the African runners, although the fierce pace took its toll. I hoped to beat at least one of the African runners but I did not manage to do that and for this reason I am a bit disappointed. Behind Chatbi Michele Fontana finished eighth. “I wanted to confirm the good result achieved at the European Under 23 Cross Country Championships in Belgrade. I managed to achieve this goal and I feel that I am a more mature athlete at senior level. The African runners are at another level”, said Michele Fontana. Gianmarco Buttazzo finished in the top.10 in 30:32. “It was a good test. I am aiming to confirm my Italian Half Marathon title in Verona. I prefer running on the road because I suffer fom problems on my ankle when I run cross country races. I am happy with my performance”, said Buttazzo
WOMEN’S RACE: Hiwot Awalew, 2013 World Cross Country silver medallist, was the favourite and she did not let down. Ayalew crossed the finish-line in 18’59”, a faster time than the fastest time in the last five years of 19:26. A four-women group formed by Hiwot Ayalew, Senberi Teferi (second in 19:06), Linet Masai (third in 19:09) and Mimi Belete (fourth in 19:17) pulled away from the rest of the field and fought it out for the win until the last lap. During the last lap Ayalew, winner in the last two editions of theAtapuerca IAAF Permit Cross Country race, broke away from Teferi and Masai during the last lap to romp home in 18:59.
“I dedicate this win to my husband who is a marathon runner. I started running in 2009 at school and soon I fell in love with this sport. It was a difficult race on a hard course. I aim at improving my 3000m steeplechase personal best next summer. The best Italian runner was Fatna Maraoui who finished eighth in 20:36 ahead of Layla Soufyane, tenthin 20:39. World mountain running Alice Gaggi finished a good 11thin 20:58…