#crossitalica an incredible emotion for me this weekend.
I was in Spain,in Seville,first time in my life to follow live the most famous spanish xc and i am very satisfied about the experience.So many years i have heard,read and watched about these magic race and this year,finally i was there!!!Thanks to Jesus Olivan to have invited me in Santinponce.
Organization very professional in every sides and attention to everything help us very much to be really at home.
Arrived on course i was absolutely impressed by the magnificent site of the course:Italica,one the biggest cities of Ancient Rome where emperors Traianum and Hadrianum were born.Marvellous was the panorama over the finish line to see such many people to see the races since two hours before international events.Never seen something similar in Italy,almost impossible to find such a big crowd as Spain.Clear why cross country season in Spain is something very deep in all runners..
Many emotions in myself to think that on this course in last years u could have seen legends as Haile,Tergat,Kenenisa and Komen as first names...
Coming to Seville was also interesting to understand all the culture around crosscountry and athletics in Spain,and for this would like to thank public important spanish coach Antonio Serrano who explained me very well and deeply the spanish movement of athletics.
International races were absolutely fantastic both and winners are world top class athletes.
Women started very fast since the beginning and race went closed as a kenyan-job very soon.Faith Kipyegon did an impressive solo killing every dreams of gold for other girls.Still seeing her pushing so easy last lap without any thoughts.
Violah Kibiwot looked better thant Bolzano and infact she admited after race to be happy of his result beating clearly Irene Cheptai who closed third.Not so brilliant day in women for Ethiopia with Heroye and Gudeta far from an impressive kenyan power./
Interesting to hear below here voice-comments from Kipyegon and her coach Bram Som to understand what could be 2016...what a season has started just from #crossitalica.
Men race for me looked very easy to preview and Tola confirmed my opinion.I saw him in Bolzano on 31st December and he was superb in his runningstyle so impossible to see him suddenly out of shape .Before the race,Tamirat Tola looked very focused on his mission and also very concentrated.Fantastic his second part of race where he opening an important gap over other guys going away very strong.
My congrats to all spanish athletes being first time seeing them live.Competing almost every sunday is quite difficult and not easy but watched many interesting athletes and for sure we will hear about some of them soon.Pls listen great analysis of coach Serrano about what said CrossItalica for national athletes.
Really a great experience be in Spain..Hope to repeat soon ...