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.