INTRODUCTION: The Cinque Mulini -- an international cross country running event -- took place in Italy on Sunday (5 April) with runners from Australia, New Zealand, Ethiopia, the United States and many other countries taking part.
SV Start of women's 4 kilometre cross country run
CU NO. 1 Grete Waitz (Norway) leading race, followed by No. 2 Agnese Possamai (Italy)
SV Waitz leading followed by Possamai
SV No. 2 Longstaff of Australia passing spectators
SV Other competitors running (2 shots)
GV Winner G. Waitz being cheered as she arrives at finish
SV Second in race A. Possamai applauded at finish
SV No. 9, Dianne Rodger of New Zealand finishes in third place
SV Start of Men's 9.5 kilometre cross-country run
SV No. 35 T. Hunt of United States leading as competitors cross bridge and G. Hanna falls
SV No. 36 de Castello of Australia in lead followed by No. 7 Kedir of Ethiopia and No. 6 Miruts Yifter of Ethiopia and other Ethiopian runners
GV No. 7 Kedir cheered as he wins race
SV No. 36 De Castello finishing second ZOOM INTO Yifter finishing third and Derese Nedi of Ethiopia finishing fourth
CU Winners on rostrum with medals waving to cheering crowd.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Cinque Mulini -- an international cross country running event -- took place in Italy on Sunday (5 April) with runners from Australia, New Zealand, Ethiopia, the United States and many other countries taking part.
SYNOPSIS: At San Vittore, some 65 women competitors set off in the four-kilometre event. There was a mixture of junior and senior runners, including a world champion, Grete Waitz of Norway who took the lead from the start. Close on her heels was Italy's Agnese Possamai.
Longstaff of Australia and the rest of the field were left way behind as Waitz and Possamai increased their lead.
As widely predicted, Grete Waitz had an impressive victory with a time of 16 minutes, 43 seconds.
Forty-three seconds later, Agnese Possamai came in second and in third place was Dianne Rodger of New Zealand.
At the start of the men's nine and a half kilometre race there were 67 runners from all over the world. A -tricky crossing over this bridge caused Hanna of Ethiopia to fall and lose some valuable time.
At the seventh kilometre, Australia's Roberto de Castello was in the lead, followed closely by Mohammed Kedir of Ethiopia and his compatriot Miruts Yifter, the double Olympic gold medallist.
But a late challenge from Kedir brought him in first with a time of 29 minutes, 46 seconds. De Castello beat Yifter for second place and the Australian was the only non-Ethiopian in the first seven to finish. For Mohammed Kedir it was yet another great win in his usual effortless style.