Summary: Tadesse Abraham and Jane Muia continue their winning streak in Basel.
The Basler Stadtlauf took place in Basel this evening with a record number of participants (9200) despite the freezing conditions.
As expected, Eritrean Tadesse Abraham won the Elite Men’s 7.55km event in 22.09,3 with Bernard Matheka (Kenya) and Simon Tesfay (Eritrea) in second and third place with times of 22.12,4 and 22.20,7 respectively. That makes three wins in a row now for Abraham.
The Elite Women’s race over 5.9km was won for the fifth time running by favourite Jane Muia of Kenya in 19.43,0, followed by Aster Bacha (Canada, 19.44,6) and Swiss long-distance runner Sabine Fischer (Switzerland, 19.59,3).
Local triathlete Nicola Spirig, Olympic gold medalist in 2012 came fourth, fifteen seconds behind Sabine Fischer, her main rival in this year’s Post Cup. Spirig is now just two points ahead of Fischer, so the final stage of the cup – the Zürcher Silvester Lauf on the 15th December – is a mouthwatering prospect.
Here are some more images: of the race: