Kenyan Alice Aprot overcame stiff competition to win the women’s race at the Campaccio meeting on Wednesday evening, the first IAAF Cross Country Permit competition of 2016 in Italy.
Aprot, the All-Africa Games 10,000m champion, clocked in 18:56, holding off Asian steeplechase record-holder Ruth Jebet from Bahrain by five seconds.
2009 world 10,000m champion Linet Masai finished third in 19:02, 12 seconds in front of 2012 Campaccio winner Mercy Cherono.
Aprot’s 18:56 triumph is three seconds off the course record set two years ago by Hiwot Ayalew.
In the men’s race, Ethiopian Imane Merga crossed the line first in 28:50 with his compatriot Yasin Haji coming second in a tightly contested sprint.
Kenyan trio Jairus Birech 28:544, Thomas Longosiwa 29:035 and Abraham Cheroben 29:06 finished third, fourth and fifth respectively.
1 Imane Merga (ETH) 28:50
2 Yasin Haji (ETH) 28:50
3 Jairus Birech (KEN) 28:54
4 Thomas Longosiwa (KEN) 29:03
5 Abraham Cheroben (KEN) 29:06
1 Alice Aprot (KEN) 18:56
2 Ruth Jebet (BRN) 19:01
3 Linet Masai (KEN) 19:02
4 Mercy Cherono (KEN) 19:19
5 Sofia Assefa (ETH) 19:30