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Britton and Irish team write history in Budapest

Fionnuala Britton

Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton becomes the first ever European athlete to successfully defend the senior women’s title at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships, held today in Budapest, Hungary. Portugal’s Dulce Felix won silver medal, in front of Adriënne Herzog of the Netherlands.Ireland also creates history taking the senior women’s team title in Budapest, while France and Great Britain follow on the podium.

Two Italian runners were on the podium of the seniors men’s race. Andrea Lalli, the European Cross Country U20 winner in 2006 and U23 champ in 2008, wins senior men’s title and Daniel Meuchi got the bronze, having between them French Hassan Chahdi. Spain dominated the seniors men teams competition, followed by Great britain and Italy.

Serbia’s Amela Terzic was the winner of the women’s juniors race, followed by Emelia Gorecka of Great Britain and Germany’s Maya Rehberg. Great Britain dominated the team standing in this category. Jess Coulson of Great Britain won the women’s Under 23 race, while Russia donimate the team grading of this class.

Henrik Ingerbrigtsen, a Norwegian cross country skiing champion won the men’s under 23 European Title, followed by Belgium’s Soufiane Bouchikhi who was second and Britain’s James Wilkinson the bronze medalist of the event. The team of France was the winner of the under 23 team’s competition.

In the men’s juniors class Russia won the teams standing, while Poland’s Szymon Kulka was the winner, followed by Bulgaria’s Mitko Tsenov and Britain’s Kieran Clements.

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