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Bekele and Radcliffe triumph in Campaccio

Bekele and Radcliffe triumph in Italy
5 January 2002 – San Giorgio Su Legnano, Italy - Ethiopia's Kenesisa Bekele and Britain's Paula Radcliffe respectively won the men's and women's versions of the Campaccio cross-country race Saturday, a traditional date in the new year Italian sporting calendar.

Bekele won near Milan with something to spare in the men's race over 12km, a time of 34min 51sec seeing him home ahead of second-placed Kenyan Richard Limo (35:07) and Ukraine's Sergei Lebid (35:16).

Radcliffe posted a winning time of 21:03 over a 6km course to see off Kenya's Margaret Okayo (21:12) and Italy's Nives Curti. Radcliffe's next major rendezvous will be the defence of her title at the World Cross Country Championships in Dublin (23-24 March) prior to making her marathon debut at the London Marathon on 14 April.

Men (12km)

1. Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) in 34:51, 2. Richard Limo (KEN) 35:07, 3.  Sergei Lebid (UKR) 35:16, 4. Pius Muli (KEN) 35:29, 5. Michele Gamba (ITA) 35:32

Women (6km)

1. Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 21:03, 2. Margaret Okayo (KEN) 21:12,  3. Nives Curti (ITA) 21:20, 4. Anja Smolders (BEL) 21:28, 5. Rosanna Martin (ITA) 21:31.