Man U23: Gold for Former Football Player

ŠAMORÍN, December 10, 2017 – The surprise in man U23 category: current European U23 champion in 5000 m, Italian Yemaneberhan Crippa, who won gold medal in EC U20 category in 2014 and 2015, and last year was third in U23 category, nor Spaniard Carlos Mayo, who finished second three times at EC in cross country, did not won the gold medal. It was former football player from France. Last year and the year before he finished 4th in U20 category. Jimmy Gressier, who took the gold medal after an amazing finish.

It is noteworthy that he qualified for the 2015 World Cross Country Championships only after six months of trainings. In strong African competition he finished 80th. The French triumph was crowned by silver medal for Hugo Hay, and the broze medal was won by Crippa from Italy. Because the thirds French team member, Lévisse Roudolff, finished fourth, the French team won the team competition over Belgians and Brits. This time there was no medal for Mayo from Spain. He finished fifth, with the loss of four second behind the bronze placing.


Men U23 (8,23 km, 85 participats): 1. Jimmy Gressier 24:35, 2. Hugo Hay (both FRA) 24:37, 3. Yemaneberhan Crippa (ITA) 24:42, 4. Lévisse Roudolff (FRA) 24:43, 5. Mayo (ESP) 24:46, 6. Debognies (BEL) 24:47.

Teams: 1. France 7, 2. Belgium 26, 3. Great Britain 41.