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Chemtai beats Kuma to win Dam2Damloop 10miles race

Israel’s Lornah Chemtai surprised many when she beat Ethiopia’s Dibabe Kuma to second at 34th edition of the Dam2Damloop 10miles road race that was held on Sunday (23) Amsterdam, Holland.

The European 10,000m gold medallist took to the fields that had the defending the defending champion, Mercelyne Chelangat and Ethiopia’s finest Kuma.

Both athletes came with their personal best of 53:08 and 52:52 but both could not match the pace of the Kenyan-Israel athlete. The rains could not be allowed to dampen the race as Chemtai ran almost the entire course with Kuma being a threat at the finish line but she held on to claim her first victory on Dutch soil as she cruised passed the tape in a new personal best of 50:45.

Kuma came in second and was given the same time as Chemtai.

European 10,000m siver medallist Susan Krumins, was the first Ducth to cross the line in third place in 51:29.

Defending champion and commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Chelagat managed to finish a distant fourth in 52:07 with Kenya’s Evaline Chirchir crossing the line in fifth in 52:33.


  1. Lornah Chemtai       (ISR) 50:45
  2. Dibabe Kuma            (ETH) 50:45,
  3. Susan Krumins         (NED) 51:29
  4. Mercelyne Chelangat  (UG) 52:07
  5. Evaline Chirchir        (KEN) 52:33

Hassan target SPAR European Cross Country Championships

After winning the Copenhagen Half Marathon last weekend in a sensational European record of 65:15, Sifan Hassan has said she harbours aspirations of tackling the full marathon distance – but only after the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

A 5000/10,000m double beckons for Hassan at the 2020 Olympics but her next goal will land closer to home: the SPAR European Cross Country Championships on home soil in Tilburg on 9 December.

After slicing more than a minute off the European record in Copenhagen, Hassan traveled to Tilburg on Tuesday (18) to inspect the Beekse Bergen Safari Park, the location for the 25th edition of the championships.

Hassan expressed her liking of the course and the location and told reporters that she is looking forward to taking part in a home championship in December.

“The Netherlands is home for me. And I think cross country is the best thing there is – a soft surface and time is not that important. But I want to win of course,” said Hassan, who moved to the Netherlands from Ethiopia at the age of 17.

Hassan hasn’t competed at these championships since 2015 when she romped to victory in the senior women’s race in Hyeres, France. Hassan marked her arrival onto the European stage two years prior with victory in the U23 race in Belgrade, Serbia – her first appearance in a Dutch vest in an international competition.

On her plans to move up in distance, Hassan told local reporters: “I have never run a whole marathon but I will do that after the Tokyo Olympics where I want to contest the 5000m and 10,000m, I am going to focus on that. But I do not want to let go of those shorter distances, I would regret that.”

Hassan, who also eclipsed the European 5000m record in July, will begin as the automatic favourite in the senior women’s 8km but there could be success for the Netherlands in the team race as well.

European 10,000m silver medallist Susan Krumins and sub-4:00 1500m runner Maureen Koster – who were sixth and eighth respectively behind Hassan in the 5000m at the European Championships – have also been pre-selected for Tilburg.

Chemtai writes history as she wins Israel first ever gold at European Championships

Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter became the first Israeli woman ever to win a gold medal in any discipline at a European Athletics Championships when she won the 10,000m tonight in dominant fashion on a hot and sticky evening at Olympic Stadium here.

Salpeter, 29, who switched her allegiance from Kenya to Israel in March, 2016, controlled the pace from gun to tape and clocked 31:43.28, a comfortable nine seconds ahead of the Netherlands’s Susan Krumins (31:52.55). Sweden’s Meraf Bahta was a distant third in 32:19.34.

Salpeter was overwhelmed with joy and national pride as she strode into the mixed zone and received a tight embrace from her husband and coach, Dan Salpeter, who then playfully dumped ice cubes over her head.

“It means a lot,” Salpeter told Race Results Weekly when asked what this gold medal meant to her. “It is an honor to my country.”

Salpeter made effective use of a fartlek strategy to defeat the other 25 women she faced tonight on the stadium’s blue oval. Running the early laps with Turkey’s Yasemin Can, the defending champion, and Romania’s Ancuta Bobocel, Salpeter allowed the pace to vary from an honest 74.6 seconds for the opening lap, to a slow 80 seconds for the next two. She had an idea that varying the pace might tire her opponents.

“I say, maybe I will play a little bit game,” Salpeter said. “It was my tactic.”

After the 4000m mark, Salpeter dropped a 69.9-second lap, to break open the race. Only Can was able to cover that move, leaving Bobocel behind with Bahta and Krumins. It looked like the two former Kenyans would run away with the race, but on the next lap the duo slowed to 77 seconds providing Krumins and Bahta a chance to catch up. Through 5000m (15:52.13) Can was with Salpeter in front with small gap on Krumins and Bahta. Bobocel was too far behind to contend for a medal and eventually dropped out.

In the second half of the race, Salpeter kept her pace in the 75 to 76-second range lap after lap. Krumins did her best to stay close, and got within three seconds at 8400m, but eventually the Dutchwoman began to wilt in the heat.

“I was worried at one point I was not going to get to the finish line because I could not pick up my feet,” the 2009 NCAA 1500m champion for Florida State told Race Results Weekly. Determined to keep going she said she told herself, “That medal is mine.”

For good measure, Salpeter ran her final lap in 72.6 seconds to put the race away. Krumins, her body pitched forward with fatigue in the final 50 meters, willed herself to the finish before collapsing to the track.

“Never,” Krumins said when asked if she had ever worked so hard to finish a race.

Behind the gold and silver medalists, Bahta had moved into third before the 9000m mark and had a comfortable lead over fourth place Alina Reh of Germany (Can would finish fifth). Nonetheless, Bahta sprinted the final 50 meters because a lapped athlete, Olena Serdyuk of Ukraine, sprinted against the Swede mistakenly thinking she was running her final lap. Serdyuk shows in the official results as a “DNF” with a 24th lap time of 32:19.62, less than half a second different from Bahta’s.

“Despite being disappointed that I didn’t have a strong race from the start, I’m still very happy with my result,” Bahta told European Athletics interviewers. “It’s a medal after all.”