Crippa extends Italian delight with European half-marathon victory

football09 June 2024 11:00| © AFP
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Yemaneberhan Crippa bagged Italy's sixth gold medal of the European championships when he won the half-marathon around the streets of Rome on Sunday in a home 1-2.

The Ethiopian-born runner, who was adopted by an Italian couple at the age of five, timed 1hr 01min 03sec over the 21.1km (13-mile) course for victory.

It was Crippa's second European gold, the 27-year-old having already won the 10 000m at the 2022 Munich championships.

Teammate Pietro Riva took silver, just a second behind, as three other Italians – Pasquale Selvarolo, Eyob Faniel and Yohanes Chiappinelli – finished in the top 10 to continue the team's electric form over the opening three days in Rome.

That combined showing also ensured that Italy won the team gold. The host nation now stands top of the medals table with seven golds, five silvers and a bronze in a haul of 13 medals.

Eritrean-born German Amanal Petros, who left his country of birth as a toddler for Ethiopia before arriving in his adopted country as a refugee at the age of 17, took bronze, just 4sec off the pace.

The women's half-marathon was won by Norway's Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal, the versatile 33-year-old runner who has already won European bronze medals at the 10 000m in 2016 and the 3000m steeplechase in 2018.

Grovdal, who has also won a female record of nine individual medals at the European Cross Country Championships, clocked 1:08.09 for victory.

Kenyan-born Romanian Joan Chelimo Melly, just eight days after becoming eligible for the east European country, claimed silver in 1:08.55, with Australia-based Briton Calli Hauger-Thackery taking bronze, just 3sec behind.