Under 20 Men: Mengesha, Worku Lead Ethiopia to Victory
Milkesa Mengesha, of Ethiopia won in 23:52, just ahead of teammate Tadese Worku (23:54). Ethiopia won the team title with four runners in the top ten. Oscar Chelimo of Uganda was third in 23:55. Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway, the three-time Euro XC winner, was the first non-East African runner, finishing 12th and was spent afterwards. Shuaib Aljalaby, the USA winner in Tallahassee was 29th and first USA. Carter Cheeseman was 31st. The U20 Men’s race was 8K. Ethiopia again won the team title, Uganda was 2nd, Kenya was 3rd, Morocco was 4th, South Africa was 5th, and the USA was 6th.
Under 20 Women: Three Women Hit Finishing Tape at Same Time
Beatrice Chebet of Kenya was declared the winner after some thought the winner was either Ethiopia’s Alemitu Tariku, and Tsigie Gebreselama. After careful examination, it was decided it was Chebet. All three young women were clocked at 20:50 in the 6K race. As was true for much of the day, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda dominated the results. Ayuka Kazama, and Ririka Hironaka of Japan were 14th, and 15th, leading the non-East Africa runners. Savannah Shaw finished 53rd, leading the USA runners, who placed 14th. Canada had a good team showing with five runners between 30th and 47th placing 6th among teams. Ethiopia was 1st, Kenya was 2nd, Japan was 3rd with a solid team showing, Uganda was 4th, South Africa was 5th. The U20 women ran 6K.
Ethiopia Wins Mixed Relay
The Mixed Relay started the event with two-man/two-woman teams, each doing one lap and handing off a wrist band. Ethiopia won with a young team, by a surprising 33 seconds. Morocco with track stars Soufiane El Bakkali, and Abdelaati Iguider, took second, when Rababe Arafi passed the Kenyan runner in the final lap. Kenya took third led by Conseslus Kipruto, and Elijah Managoi. The USA took fourth. Uganda was fifth, using a woman running first and third strategy. Spain, Canada, Denmark, and Tanzania rounded out the top nine finishing teams. China was disqualified.