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Moreira and Kemboi Arikan take the European Cup 10,000m titles

Portugal's Sara Moreira and Polat Kemboi Arikan of Turkey won the European Cup 10,000m titles in Bilbao, Spain, on Sunday (3).

Moreira successfully defended her title with a personal best of 31:23.51, the fastest by a European this season. Her mark was also well inside the Olympic A standard (31:45.00) as was the runner-up, Jo Pavey of Great Britain, who clocked 31:32.22.

Pavey narrowly missed selection to the British Olympic squad for the marathon but is now one big step closer to a fourth Olympic appearance.

Christelle Daunay, the French national record-holder in the marathon, was third in 31:35.81 to finally add the 10,000m to her national record accolades. The previous French standard, 31:42.83, was set by Rosario Murcia in 1992.

Running in his debut over the distance, Kemboi Arikan clocked 27:56.28 in the men's race, comfortably ahead of the Spanish trio of Ayad Lamdassem, Carles Castillejo and Miguel Ángel Penas who clocked 28:04.22, 28:07.50 and 28:33.99, respectively.

Kemboi Arikan, the former Kenyan Paul Kipkosgei Kemboi, missed the Olympic A standard by some 11 seconds but was well within the 28:05 B standard.

Spain took the men's team title by more than a minute ahead of Portugal with France finishing third.

Great Britain captured its first women's team crown with a 14-second margin over Italy. Portugal, the team winner nine times, was third on this occasion.

Bob Ramsak for the IAAF