Weyermann dominates 28th Eurocross;
victory for Barsosio in Chiba
Switzerland's Anita Weyermann dominated this 28th edition of the Eurocross meeting in Diekirch, Luxembourg, here today in her inaugural appearance in the IAAF World Cross Challenge. Weyermann, who took bronze in the 1500m in Athens in August now looks a likely candidate to represent Switzerland in the short cross country in the forthcoming World Championships, which will take place in Marrakech, Morocco on 21-22 March. Despite her relative inexperience, Weyermann sprinted home ahead of South Africa's Colleen De Reuck and Kenyan Susan Chepkemei. Chepkemei's third place, however, was sufficient to take her to the head of the standings, displacing Mariana Chirila (ROM), who trailed across the line in eleventh place 1:17 behind Weyermann.
Sally Barsosio (KEN) moved up to second place in the standings with 72 points to Chepkemei's 80, and one point ahead of Chirila, with her victory in Chiba, Japan.
Due to late withdrawals in Diekirch, the men's race was not scoring. In Chiba, victory went to Julius Gitahi of Kenya, who breasted the tape just ahead of Abel Chimukoko (ZIM), with both athletes being given the same time of 36:32. Australian marathon star Steve Moneghetti put up a brave show, taking third place behind the two leaders in 36:36, ten seconds ahead of his compatriot Darren Wilson. The leaders in the men's standings remain unchanged, with none of the tope three competing today. Chimukoko moves into fourth place, ten points behind Yann Millon.
The World Cross Challenge now moves to Mombasa, Kenya on 28 February, a week after the Kenyan National Championships.