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Bermuda: Ethiopians take honours in 10K race


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Ethiopian Suleman Shifa

(CMC) – Ethiopian runners Suleman Shifa and Meseret Basa took respective male and female honours with contrasting victories in the 10-kilometre road race on day two of the Bermuda Marathon Weekend on Saturday.

Shifa won the men’s division in 32 minutes, 24 seconds, just three seconds ahead of Bermudian Jim Butterfield, with Canada’s Ethan Davenport – winner of Friday night’s elite men’s mile race on Front Street – third in 33:50.

“I feel good, but it was too much heat for a 10K race,” said Shifa, who was third in Friday mile race. “I was feeling my hamstring in the last two miles.”

Basa, 30, who finished seventh overall, stormed home in the women’s division well clear of her rivals, hitting the tape in 35:53.

Heather Kampf, of the United States, the 2015 winner. finished a distant second, and 28th overall, in 41:36 after claiming an unprecedented fifth title in Friday’s women’s mile race

Maya Weigel, also of the US, finished third after being given the same time as Kampf.

Davenport won the men’s mile race – which has tight turns at each end of Front Street – in 4:20.20, four seconds ahead of his Canadian compatriot Sacha Smart, with 10K winner Shifa third home in 4:32.78.

Kampf, 31, who won four years in a row from 2013, returned after a two-year break to win the women’s mile race again, finishing in 4:50.26.

Kampf’s compatriot Weigel finished second in 4:58.43, with Panama’s Rolanda Bell third in 5:02.48.

“It’s great to be back and this victory was a really special one,” Kampf said. “I’ve been absent for the past two years for altitude training or just an injury, so coming back and being healthy and ready to race again in 2019 is really special.”

The marathon and half-marathon round out the weekend on Sunday.

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