ŠAMORÍN, December 10, 2017 – A year ago, Yasemin Can from Turkey won in women category at EC in cross country with the lead of 10 seconds. In Šamorín she added another five and easily defended her title. It was a nice present for her 21st birthday, which she celebrates on Monday, December 11.
After Fionnuala McCormack-Britton from Ireland (2011, 2012) she is only second woman in history pf the EC in cross country who managed to defend her title. The Turkish runner, originally from Kenya (her name used to be Vivian Jemutaia) perfomed an amazing solo, and was 15 seconds faster than Eritrea Meraf Bath from Sweden, who is also originally from Africa. Bath gained bronze medal in 2014, this silver medal is her second medal from continental championships. Karoline Grövdal from Norway finished third, third time in a row. Last year’s European second best Meryem Akdag did not have the best day in Šamorín, she finished 33rd.
The Brits won in the teams competition. The best one was Charlotte Taylor, who finished 6th. European champion from three years ago, Gemma Steel, finished ninth.
The 33-years-old Fionnuala McCormack-Britton from Ireland, who participated on her 15th European Cross Country Championships (there is no other woman with more participations), finished on 12th place, from 2006 she was always in top 12.
The Slovak trio did not have any chance among the strong competition. The best result was 74th place of uphill running specialist, 36-years-old Silvia Schwaiger, right behind her finished Ľubomíra Maníková, and triathlete Kristína Néč-Lapinová. Behind them was only Austrian runner Schuster.
Woman (8,23 km, 77 participants): 1. Yasemin Canová (TUR) 26:48, 2. Meraf Bahtová (SWE) 27:03, 3. Karolie Grövdalová (NOR) 27:04, 4. Barcová (ROM) 27:21, 5. Burkardová (GER) 27:21, 6. Taylorová (GBR) 27:23, … 74. Silvia Schwaiger 30:50, 75. Ľubomíra Maníková 31:21, 76. Kristína Néč-Lapinová (all SVK) 31:57.
Teams: 1. Great Britain 23, 2. Romania 31, 3. Turkey 54,… 13. Slovakia 225.