Burundi’s Rodrigue Kwizera lived to the race expectations as he took his fourth World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold race, at the 66th edition of the Campaccio-International Cross Country which is the tenth Gold race of the World Athletics Cross Country Tour of this season, held on Friday (06) in San Giorgio su Legnano, Italy.
The 23 year-old who has won the Alcobendas, Amorebieta and Venta de Banos, plus a second place finish in Seville, entertained the crowd that gathered at the finish line as a sprint finish decided between him and Bahrain’s Birhanu Balew who was making his third appearance in a cross country competition since the start of 2022 after finishing second at the Arab Cross Country Championships last February and in the World Athletics Cross Country Tour race in Bydgoszcz last October.
Kwizera did not have an easy ride as he was pushed to tape by the Ethiopian-born Bahrain but he managed to hold on cutting the tape first in 28:48 with Balew forced to settle in second place with the same margine of time.
The reigning European 10,000m champion, Yemaneberhan Crippa closed the podium three finishes in 28:47.
The 2019 World U20 Cross Country bronze medallist, Oscar Chelimo from Uganda finished in fourth in 28:52 withEgide Ntakarutimana from Burundi finishing in fifth place in 29:08.
- Rodrigue Kwizera (BDI) 28:42
- Birhanu Balew (BRN) 28:42
- Yemaneberhan Crippa (ITA) 28:47
- Oscar Chelimo (UGA) 28:52
- Egide Ntakarutimana (BDI) 29:08