Summary: Kosgei and Ereng dominate for the second year running; Spirig and Kreienbühl win the 2013 Post-Cup
The 37th Zürcher Silvesterlauf took place this afternoon in Zürich in weak sunshine with temperatures hovering just above freezing point. However, this didn’t seem to deter the runners of all ages and nationalities (91) who turned out in record numbers (19,945 signed up, 17,608 started) to enjoy the experience of participating in one of the most impressive city races in Switzerland, if not the World.
The Elite Women’s event was undoubtedly the highlight of the day.
The Elite Women’s event was undoubtedly the highlight of the day. In an exciting finish, Cynthia Kosgei won the 6.6km race for the second time running, with a time of 21.33, just one tenth of a second ahead of fellow Kenyan Jane Muia, who beat her the day before at the Course de Noel in Sion (see results here).
Third place went to accomplished Swiss runner Fabienne Schlumpf who put in a strong performance from the start to finish in 21.37,1 and Nicola Spirig (who placed third in Sion behind Muia and Kosgei) came in fourth (21.46,8).
In the 9.0km Elite Men’s race, Patrick Ereng won once again in 26.12,2 ahead of Kenyan compatriots Abraham Kipyatich, recent winner of the Course de l’Escalade in Geneva (26.17) and Bernard Matheka (26.23,6). Eritrean Simon Tesfay came fourth (26.29,2).
All eyes, however, were on the Swiss athletes who were competing in this year’s Post-Cup.
All eyes, however, were on the Swiss athletes who were competing in this year’s Post-Cup. Owing to her recent surprise defeat by Sabine Fischer in Basel, and the fact that the points were doubled in the last stage of the Cup, Olympic champion Nicola Spirig found herself in a position where she had to beat Fischer in order to take the title. In the event, Fischer was unable to keep up with her, and Spirig took fourth place, leading her main rival by a margin of over 16 seconds to take the series and the 6000 CHF prize.
However, as has become the norm nowadays, the Elite races were once again dominated by a superb group of now familiar East African athletes.
In the Elite Men’s event, Mario Bächtiger won the final stage in the Post-Cup, but Christian Kreienbühl, who came in tenth, won the overall series on the back of previous strong performances. However, as has become the norm nowadays, the Elite races were once again dominated by a superb group of now familiar East African athletes.