Athletics Briefs: Gebrselassie scores 1st 2011 win, Tadese takes 46th San Silvestre Vallecana and more...
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): Eritreans dominated in the San Silvestre Vitoriana race at 6 km. Osman Abrar beat Amanuel Mesel and both were timed at 19:16. Third Teklit Tewtabrhan got 19:31 and best Spanish Ivan Fernandez fourth (19:46). Moroccan Soud Kambouchia was the best woman (23:02).
GALDAKANO (ESP, Dec 31): Kenyan Victor Bitok won in the evening the San Silvestre Beasain in 25:09 at 9 km. He was also the best earlier in the day in Galdakano with 25:01 at 8.8 km. His team-mate Evans Mayoyo was second (25:11). Ethiopian Fehiwat Goshu was best woman at 4.4 km (14:07).
[Courtesy of Alfons Juck/ EME News 2011]