Rodrigue Kwizera And Likina Amebaw Prevail At Soria Internation Cross-Country Meet

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The 58th edition of the Cross Internacional de Soria (Soria International Cross), hosted at the revered Monte Valonsadero de Soria, witnessed an extraordinary display of athletic excellence and team supremacy.

The competition, featuring over 2,600 participants, unfolded with remarkable victories in the men’s, women’s, and mixed relay categories across an 8.8k course.

Notable performances included Ethiopian Likina Amebaw and Burundian Rodrigue Kwizera, who emerged victorious in the women’s and men’s races, respectively.

Men’s Results:

  1. Rodrigue KWIZERA (BDI) – 25:36
  2. Hillary Kipchirchir CEPKWWONY (KEN) – 25:36
  3. Martin Magengo KIPROTICH (UGA) – 25:40

Women’s Results:

  1. Likina AMEBAW (ETH) – 29:44
  2. Asayech AYICHEW (ETH) – 29:46
  3. Valentina GEMETTO (ITA) – 30:06

The Soria International Cross, a dual event featuring both national and international competitors, showcased the triumphs of various athletes across diverse categories.

Exceptional performances in the women’s, men’s, and mixed relay races defined the historic nature of the competition for the Playas de Castellón team.

Ethiopia’s Likina Amebaw displayed remarkable speed and endurance in the women’s race, securing victory in a thrilling final sprint. Her compatriot Asayech Ayichew and Italian athlete Valentina Gemetto joined her on the podium.

The team title in the women’s category went to the outstanding squad of Playas de Castellón, earning 23 points collectively.

The men’s race unfolded as a fiercely contested battle, with Burundian athlete Rodrigue Kwizera narrowly edging out Kenyan contender Hillary Chepkwoni in a thrilling finish. Ugandan Martin Kiprotich secured the third position.

The overall team victory in the men’s category went to the team of Playas de Castellón.

A diverse team showcased exceptional teamwork and skill in the mixed relay, resulting in a captivating competition. The race featured Aragonese athletes Jorge David Torre, Mireya Arnedillo, Judith Otazua, and Víctor Ruiz.

The event underscores the exceptional achievements of Spanish athletes like Marta García, Carolina Robles, and Irene Sánchez-Escribano, all securing preselection for the European Cross-Country Championships in Brussels.

The Soria International Cross 2023 stands as an electric event, with champions crowned across various categories.

The exceptional performances of Likina Amebaw and Rodrigue Kwizera exemplify the diverse talent and competitive spirit witnessed on the World Athletics cross-country circuit, setting the stage for further triumphs in future competitions.

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Jessy has been active her whole life, competing in cross-country, track running, and soccer throughout her undergrad. She pivoted to road cycling after completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition from Acadia University. Jessy is currently a professional road cyclist living and training in Spain.

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