land third in 27:51. Uganda’s Timothy Toroitich was back in winning form in Soria after narrowly being out-sprinted in Atapuerca last weekend. Toroitich, who became the first three-time winner in race history, covered the 10km in 29:10 to defeat Eritrea’s world U-20 10,000m silver medallist Aron Kifle by ten seconds while his namesake Goitom Kifle (no relation), finished third in 29:44.
Elsewhere, last year’s runner-up Pat Tiernan ended Kenyan Edward Cheserek’s reign at the NCAA cross country with victory on a sodden and windswept course in Terre Haute, Indiana. Cheserek was looking to claim an unprecedented fourth successive win but the University of Oregon standout, who began as the overwhelming favourite, had to settle for a distant third in 29:48 over 10km behind Australian Tiernan (29:22) and Syracuse’s Justyn Knight (29:28) from Canada.