Ingebrigtsen and Battocletti Repeat as U20 Champions

by Clay Shaw

European Athletics SPAR Cross Country Championships, Lisbon, Portugal, December 8, 2019—Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway won his fourth European Junior (U20) cross country title, with another convincing win on the hilly course at Bella Vista Park in Lisbon.  Ayetullah Aslanhan of Turkey earned the silver, with Efrem Gidey of Ireland winning the bronze.  Gidey came to Ireland from Eritrea in 2017.  Etson Barros of Portugal finished fourth, Charles Hicks of Great Britain was fifth and led Great Britain to the team title, with Matthew Willis (9th), and Zakariya Mahamed (11th) scoring for GBR.  Team Norway was second and Portugal, the local favorite, was third.  Ireland and France rounded out the top five teams.

Nadia Battocletti of Italy, became the first ever Italian woman to win a medal at European XC when she won gold in Tilburg in 2018.  Battocletti did it again this year with a strong finish, winning by three seconds.

Klara Lukan of Slovenia took the silver.  Mariana Machado of Portugal won the bronze.  Delia Sclabas of Switzerland was fourth and Zofia Dudek of Poland was fifth.  Great Britain was the top team, led by Izzy Fry (6th), Saskia Millard (11th), and Amelia Samuels (12th).  Italy was second, France was third, with Switzerland 4th and Portugal 5th.

Top Men

  1. 18:20 Jakob Ingebrigtsen NOR
  2. 18:58 Ayetullah Aslanhan TUR
  3. 19:01 Efrem Gidey IRL
  4. 19:05 Etson Barros POR
  5. 19:05 Charles Hicks GBR
  6. 19:05 Dereje Chekole ISR
  7. 19:18 Omar Nuur SWE
  8. 19:18 Hakon Stavik NOR
  9. 19:19 Matthew Willis GBR
  10. 19:20 Flavien Szot FRA
  11. 19:20 Zakariya Mahamed GBR
  12. 19:21 Darragh McElihinney IRL
  13. 19:23 Pol Oriach ESP
  14. 19:23 Duarte Gomes POR
  15. 19:24 Istvan Palkovits HUN
  16. 19:24 Joel Lilleso DEN
  17. 19:25 Anton Ostdal DEN
  18. 19:26 Valentin Bresc FRA
  19. 19:27 Luca Alfieri ITA
  20. 19:27 Baptiste Guyon FRA

Top Women

  1. 13:58 Nadia Battocletti ITA
  2. 14:01 Klara Lukan SLO
  3. 14:10 Mariana Machado POR
  4. 14:22 Delia Sclabas SUI
  5. 14:22 Zofia Dudek POL
  6. 14:33 Izzy Fry GBR
  7. 14:34 Greta Varga HUN
  8. 14:35 Sibylle Haring SUI
  9. 14:37 Manon Trapp FRA
  10. 14:37 Flavie Renouard FRA
  11. 14:37 Saskia Millard GBR
  12. 14:41 Amelia Samuels GBR
  13. 14:42 Angela Mattevi ITA
  14. 14:50 Laura Petersen DEN
  15. 14:51 Ludovica Cavalli ITA
  16. 14:51 Carla Arce-Pereira ESP
  17. 14:53 Cera Gemmell GBR
  18. 14:57 Lia Lemos POR
  19. 15:01 Ana Egler FRA
  20. 15:01 Josina Papenfus GER
U20 women’s start at Parque da Bela Vista in Lisboa.
Greta Karinauskaite of Lithuania runs uphill with Helen Pacurariu-Nagy of Romania. They would place 40th and 44th respectively and lead their teams.
Kseniya Kuznetsova and Irina Shipitsyna are Authorized Neutral Athletes. They are both Russian nationals, and had their applications to compete approved by the World Athletics Doping Review Board as neutral athletes on Nov 18, 2019. They placed 43rd and 61st.
Ukraine U20 team. Ivanna Kukh, Kateryna Onisimova, and Tamara Severanova.
Ayetullah Aslanhan of Turkey places second in the U20 mens race.
Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway wins his 4th straight U20 Euro XC title.
Hakon Stavik of Norway placed 8th, and was Norway’s number two man, as they won the team silver.
Florian Bremm of Germany placed 41st, dueling with Job Ijtsma of Netherlands, who placed 68th.
Park Bela Vista was undulating to say the least. The U20 men head uphill early in the race. Irish runners Efren Gidey, Keelan Kilrehill, and Darragh McElhinney, join Pol Oriach of Spain, and the would be 4-time U20 Euro XC champ Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway.
Nadia Battocletti of Italy shares the lead with Delia Sclabas of Switzerland, Mariana Machado of Portugal, and Zofia Dudek of Poland. Dudek finished 5th and won the USA Foot Locker XC in San Diego. Dudek is a high school student in Ann Arbor, MI.
Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway won his fourth straight U20 Euro XC.
Istvan Palkovits (15th), and Levente Szemerei (59th) carried the banner for Hungary in the U20 race.
U20 Team Ireland placed fourth. Keelan Kilrehill, Thomas McStay, Darragh McElhinney, Jamie Battle, Efren Gidey (3rd overall), and Shay McEvoy get a team photo after the race.
Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway puts a gap on all challengers, as he won by 38 seconds. Elfren Gidey of Ireland, and Ayetullah Aslanhan of Turkey would hold on for the other podium spots.
Matthew Willis of Great Britain enjoys a slight lead early in the race. Ayetullah Aslanhan of Turkey (left with glasses) would place second and Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway would win his 4th straight.
Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway has plenty of company early in the U20 race, Ingebrigtsen would win his 4th straight U20 Euro XC race.
U20 Team Portugal placed fifth. Monica Silva, Camila Gomes, Barbara Neiva, and Carla Pereira enjoyed their home course in Lisbon.
Nadia Battocletti of Italy, has a nice smile after winning the U20 race and leading Team Italy to the silver medal.
The U20 team from Austria placed 12th. Carina Reicht, Katharina Gotschl, and Lotte Luise Seiler, give a nice smile after the race.
U20 Women finish line madness.
Izzy Fry of Great Britain placed sixth overall in the U20 race, and led her team to the team gold.


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