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Athletics Briefs: Kogo and Chepkurui dominate in Kapsabet; Kigen defends in France; Zimbabwean Cutbert Nyasango wins in Jaen...and more.

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KAPSABET (KEN, Jan 16): Julius Kogo and Georgina Chepkurui easily won the 6th Re-discover Nandi National Social Security Fund 10km road race in Kapsabet. Kogo achieved 27:54 ahead of Nelphat Sirma (28:19) and Gilbert Kipkosgei (28:25). Chepkurui took the women's race in 32:33 with Gladys Jebet second (32:47) and Rose Jelimo third (33:22).

ROVERETO (ITA, Jan 16): Kenyan Thomas Longosiwa won the 34th Cross della Vallagarina (EA CC Permit) with 26:07 at 8.69 km. Distant second Ethiopian Zelalem Bacha (26:24) beating another Kenyan Paul Sugut (26:38). In women´s 5.59 km, top place for 9:39 steeple runner Alemu Birtukan from Ethiopia in 18:59. Second was former Bahraini now Italian runner Nadia Ejaffini (19:11) and European CC winner Tetyana Holovchenko of Ukraine (19:25) was third.

LE MANS (FRA, Jan 16): Kenyan Mike Kigen defended his title at 30th Cross Ouest-France. His final time at 9.1 km was 25:05. Mark Kiptoo was second (25:31) ahead of French champion Abdellatif Meftah (25:45) an…

Ben Youssef outshines Drogba and Toure in top Ivorian sportsperson award

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African 100m champion, Méité Ben Youssef has been named the 2010 Ivorian Sportsman of the Year ahead of football superstars Didier Drogba of Chelsea and Yaya Touré of Manchester City.

At the end of a referendum conducted by the Cote d'Ivoire sports daily SuperSport, first timer Ben Youssef won with 158 points after the vote of 19 Ivoirian sportscasters with Didier Drogba, the captain of the national football team second with 141 points and Yaya Touré third with 96 points.

Méité Ben Youssef, 24, distinguished himself at the 2010 African Athletics championship, in Nairobi, Kenya last summer winning the gold medal on 100m and silver medal in the 200m.

Below Ben Youssef Meite (Cote D'Ivoire) chats with Athletics Africa after winning the 100m title at the 17th CAA Safaricom African Senior Athletics Championships in Nairobi, July 2010. (Note: Interview is in French) - AthleticsAfrica.Com © 2010,

Athletics Briefs/Results: Kosgei, Medhin and Jepkorir takes XC wins; Zang-Milama hits 7.24 in 60m...and more

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SAO PAULO (BRA, Jan 9): Kenyan Barnabas Kosgei won the 27th Corrida de Reis in Cuiaba after 30:24 at 10km. Compatriot Eunice Kirwa took the women's race.

AUBIERE (FRA, Jan 8): Gabon´s World indoor bronze medalist Ruddy Zang Milama clocked 7.24 seconds at 60m during local meet in Aubiere, France on Saturday.

AMOREBIETA (ESP, Jan 9): Reigning World CC Champion Joseph Ebuya won the 10.7km race at 57th Zornotza CC in 31:27. His Kenyan team-mates followed, Vincent Chepkok second 32:07 ahead of Lucas Rotich (32:08), Mark Kiptoo (32:20), Micah Kogo (32:48) and world junior champion Dennis Masai (33:06).

FUENSALIDA (ESP, Jan 9): World medallist Eritrean Teklemariam Medhin won the 24th Cross del Calzado in Fuensalida in 38:56 at 11.7km. He was followed by Kenyans Hosea Macharinyang (39:05), Matthew Kisorio (39:08) and Kidane Tadese of Eritrea (39:39).

In women´s 8km, Olympic steeplechase medallist Eunice Jepkorir won in 33:43 ahead of South African Lebogang Phalula (34:30) and Moroccan Bou…

Athletics Briefs: Gebrselassie scores 1st 2011 win, Tadese takes 46th San Silvestre Vallecana and more...

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LUANDA (ANG, Dec 31): Legendary Haile Gebrselassie competed for first time since New York Marathon and won the 55th edition of Sao Silvestre in Angola. He clocked new course record 28:05 at 10km and clearly beat track 2010 10,000m world leader Josephat Kiprono (28:34) and two country-mates Diba Direba (28:37) and Deribe Merga (28:48).

Ethiopians dominated also in the women race when former Boston marathon winner Dire Tune was the best in 32:17 ahead of steeple world junior record holder Almaz Ayana (32:20) and Rehima Rediz (33:15). Title defender and previous three time winner Grace Momanyi of Kenya was fourth (33:27).

MADRID (ESP, Dec 31): Eritrean Half-Marathon world record holder Zersenay Tadese won the 46th San Silvestre Vallecana, the most prestigious end of the year race in Spain. He achieved 28:27 at 10 km. Ayad Lamdassem gave him a good competition as second (28:36) ahead of Jesus Espana (28:40), Chema Martinez (28:49) and Sergio Sanchez (28:53).

VITORIA (ESP, Dec 31): Eritrean…