Kenya’s Lucy Maiwa ran away with the top honors at the 40th edition of the Cross Internacional de la Constitution held on Sunday (27) in Alcobendas, Spain, which is the seventh leg of the World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold.
Maiwa who improved her performance from last year when she finished second was among the first quartet of Argentina’s Maria Luz Tesuri, Francine Niyomukunzi from Burundi and European U23 champion Nadia Battocletti.
Tesuri was the first to pull away from the four but Mawia stuck with her they built a 10-second gap over the chasing group. Tesuri lost the ground as Maiwa went to the front, while Niyomukunzi was running at her shoulder in second place ahead of Battocletti.
The race turned into a battle between Maiwa and Niyomukunzi but the Kenyan was way too strong for the Burundian as she surged ahead to cut the tape in 27:06.
“I am quite satisfied. With my third cross-country win this season after Bydgoszcz and Soria, I feel much more comfortable on cross-country than on the track. After my European tour of four races, I now return to my country to contest the Kenyan Trials for the World Cross Country Championships,” said Mawia
Battocletti, the Olympic 5000m finalist, who finished sixth in Atapuerca a couple of weeks ago, made a surprise move outkicking Niyomukunzi to take second place in 27:17 with Niyomukunzi forced to settle in third in 27:30.