Kenyan star Rhonex Kipruto was an overwhelming winner at the Cross Internacional Juan Muguerza on Sunday.
This was the fifth leg of this winter’s IAAF Cross Country Permit meetings, in the Spanish town of Elgoibar.
While the 19-year-old Kipruto got the better of Ethiopian rising star and defending champion Selemon Barega in the 10.8km race.
“Today’s race was my first completion in Spain,” said Kipruto.
Kipruto is coached by Brother Colm O’Connell, the man who led David Rudisha to his Olympic 800m gold medal in London.
“I enjoyed the circuit; it was full of ups and downs. I’ll now go back to Kenya to prepare the national trials for the World Cross Country Championships.”
Asked about his summer plans, Kipruto confirmed he hopes to make the Kenyan team for the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 in the 10,000m.
And when asked who his idol is, he had one simple answer: “my fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge.”
1 Rhonex Kipruto (KEN) 32:05
2 Selemon Barega (ETH) 32:27
3 Stanley Waithaka (KEN) 32:54
4 Antonio Abadía (ESP) 33:09
5 David Palacio (ESP) 33:16
6 Fernando Carro (ESP) 33:34
7 Javier Guerra (ESP) 33:35
8 Nassim Hassous (ESP) 33:35
9 Ayad Lamdassem (ESP) 33:36
10 Javier García (ESP) 33:38