After winning the Cross Internacional de Soria by 48 seconds last weekend, Kenya’s Alice Aprot took another runaway victory on Spanish soil at the Cross Internacional de la Constitución in Alcobendas on Sunday (26).
By winning the senior women’s 8km race in 27:20, Aprot joins an illustrious list of past champions which includes compatriots Sally Barsosio (1995), Linet Masai (2008, 2015) and Vivian Cheruiyot (2009).
Her winning margin wasn’t quite as emphatic here but the world and Olympic 10,000m fourth-place finisher was still a cut above a predominantly domestic field. Spain’s Trihas Gebre matched Aprot in the opening stages but ran an isolated race for the most part, finishing 34 seconds behind the Kenyan but 30 seconds ahead of third-place finisher Ana Lozano.
Aprot, who won a silver medal at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala in March, has said she is targeting the Commonwealth Games on the track in Gold Coast, Australia, next April.
In the senior men’s 10km, Eritrea’s Aron Kifle, 19, easily prevailed ahead of defending champion Timothy Toroitich from Uganda, 29:22 to 29:57. In doing so, Kifle became the fourth Eritrean winner in race history after Zersenay Tadese (2005), Kidane Tadese (2011) and Teklemariam Medhin (2012).
Adel Mechaal finished a creditable third on home soil, one place ahead of world cross-country seventh-place finisher Vincent Rono from Kenya.