Ethiopia's Mestawat Tufa crosses the finish line in first place (© TTM / Pix4Profs)
Tilburg, The NetherlandsOn a new course in Tilburg in the south of The Netherlands Ethiopia scored a double victory in respectively in the Brabants Dagblad Ten Miles and the Tilburg Ladies Run 10km. Both events are IAAF Silver Label Road Races.
In the men’s Ten Miles, Abiyote Guta won in 46:02 out-sprinting Kenyan Wilson Kipsang by two seconds. The women’s 10km was won by Mestawat Tufa in 31:48, who was eight seconds ahead of compatriot Bezunesh Bekele.
Directly after the start of the Ten Miles, which along with the women’s race was being run on a new course, a leading group of five was formed. These five passed the three kilometres point in a fast 8:30 and the 5km marker in 14:18.
Halfway the leading group was down to three with Kipsang, Guta and a second Ethiopian Yigeze Zembaba. These passed 10 kilometres in a still pretty fast 28:35. Shortly after that point Zembaba fell back and it became a two man affair.
In the final stages of the race, watched by thousands of spectators who lined both sides of the course, Guta left his opponent and won in 46:02 to 46:04. Zembaba came home third in 46:31.
The women’s race was held in drizzling rain. From the start a large leading group mostly composed of African women was formed. This group passed half way in 16:06. Shortly afterwards it became clear that only two women would fight for the victory: Mestawat Tufa and the tiny Bezunesh Bekele. Behind these two, Hungarian Aniko Kalovics held third place.
The two Ethiopian women fought a fierce battle but finally Tufa broke away and finished in 31:48, eight seconds ahead of her compatriot. Kalovics came home third in 32:25
Wim van Hemert for the IAAF
Men – 10 Miles
1.Abiyote Guta Eth 46:02
2.Wilson Kipsang Ken 46:04
3. Yigeze Zembaba Eth 46:31
4. Wesley Langat Ken 47:07
5. Shadrack Kiplagat Ken 47:48
6. Martin Lauret Ned 47:55
7. David Rutoh Ken 48:24
8. Willem van Hoof Bel 48:33
9. Guy Fays Bel 48:40 (35+)
10. Vital Gahunga Bur 48:41
11. Hugo van den Broek Ned 48:42
12. Greg van Hest Ned 49:07
13.Sammy Korir Ken 49:41
14. Stefan van de Broek Bel 49:48
15. Colin Bekers Ned 49:52
16.Philip Wyle Gbr 49:53
Women – 10km
1. Mestawat Tufa Eth 31:48
2. Bezunesh Bekele Eth 31:56
3. Aniko Kolovics Hun 32:25
4. Workitu Ayanu Eth 32:41
5. Pauline Wangui Ken 32:43
6. Christine Chepkonga Ken 32:54
7. Turkan Erismis Tur 34:18
8. Emily Chemutai Ken 34:25
9. Ilse Pol Ned 34:28
10. Karolina Jarzisnka Pol 34:35
11. Jolanda Verstraten Ned 35:04
12. Alemitu Bekele Ken 35:17
13. Saskia van Vugt Ned 35:32
14. Miriam van Reijen Ned 35:33
15. Nadja Wijenberg Ned 36:15 (40+)