David Isabirye | Kawowo Sports Oscar Chelimo settled for third place during the 44th edition of the Boclassic run held in Bolzano, Italy

44th Boclassic Race (Bolzano, Italy)

Top Three – Men (10 km):
1. Tamirat Tola (Ethiopia) 28:12
2. Jairus Birech (Kenya) 28:24
3. Oscar Chelimo (Uganda) 28:50

Uganda’s long distance runner Oscar Chelimo settled for third place during the 44th edition of the Boclassic run held in Bolzano, Italy, on new year’s eve before 15,000 spectators lined up along the course route.

Racing in unseasonably warm conditions that reached 15 C, Chelimo, who also scooped bronze at the 2018 youth olympics was just 38 seconds slower than the overall winner Tamirat Tola from Ethiopia who covered the 10 KM in 28 minutes, 12 seconds.

Kenya’s Jairus Birech was second and took home the silver with a timing of 28 minutes, 24 seconds.

In the women’s race, 2015 winner Gudeta Netsanet  from Ethiopia ran at the front from the early stages, closely followed by Kenyan Kisa, the 2014 winner.

Gudeta pulled away for good during the third of four laps en route to her 15:46 performance, holding off Kisa by three seconds.

Vohla Mazuronak from Belarus, the 2018 European marathon champion, finished third in 16:08 ahead of former world U18 800m silver medallist Clara Mageean (16:20) and Italy’s Margherita Magnani.

This race was an important test ahead of the 2019 season


Female winner Netsanet Gudeta from Ethiopia, as quoted by IAAF

Top 8 per gender:

Men (10 km):
1. Tamirat Tola (Ethiopia) 28:12
2. Jairus Birech (Kenya) 28:24
3. Oscar Chelimo (Uganda) 28:50
4. Muktar Edris (Ethipia) 29:01
5. Zane Robertson (Newzealand) 29:17
6. Hicham Amghar (Morocco) 29:19
7. Soufyian Bouqantar (Morocco) 29:22
8. Yemaneberhan Crippa (Italy) 29:23

Women (5 km):
1. Netsanet Gudeta (Ethiopia) 15:46
2. Janet Kisa (Kenya) 15:49
3. Vohla Mazouronak (Belarus) 16:08
4. Clara Mageean (Ireland) 16:20
5. Margherita Magnani (Italy) 16:37
6. Giovanna Epis (Italy) 16:40
7. Sara Dossena (Italy) 16:43
8. Svetlana Kuzdelich (Beralus) 16:51

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