Again, Edwin Soi is the king of the BOclassic. The Olympic third of 2008 from Kenya displaced even two reigning world champions winning before Wilson Kiprop and Imane Merga. The three-times world champion Vivian Cheruiyot repeated her last year’s victory.
Darling of the public Silvia Weissteiner was brilliant third behind the Ethiopian Afera Godfay. The 37th edition of the BOclassic, Bozen/Bolzano’s New Year’s Eve Run was in strong Kenyan hand. Cheruiyot and Soi made for victory number 19 and number 20 for their country in the best cast New Year’s Eve Run of the world. Kenya managed to win the double for the fifth time.Soi’s victory also was the 50th podium place for Kenya, and Kiprop topped to the 51st.
"I am happy to have won again because after one month of training in the course of the preparation for Olympics I am not in top form," said Cheruiyot.
"The BOclassic is definitely my run. I am so happy about my victory. This was the best possible start for 2012 which will be a decisive one for me. My aim is the 5000m-run in the Olympic Games. I was quite confident before the run because I have defeated Merga recently. I really want to become record holder of this event. I am sorry that last year I did not win, otherwise this would have been my fifth victory in a row. But with my 25 years I still have time to catch up with Lebid. " Edwin Soi (1.)
"I headed the run for a long time and thus it is logical that I am a bit disappointed. I tried to outdistance Edwin, but today I was not successful. Nevertheless, I am happy because I was faster then ever over 10 km (N.B. 28:17). For 2012, my aims are the Olympic 10.000 m run as well as a new personal best in the half marathon." Wilson Kiprop (2.)
"Due to an injury on my foot I could not prepare as I wanted. And thus I am happy with the third place. That was all I could make today. I hope to return next year to Bozen/Bolzano with an Olympic medal." Imane Merga (3.)
"It was a great feeling to standing on the podium beside the world champion, but what was even better was to run shoulder to shoulder with the world champion. This was a completely new feeling for me. Standing on the podium of such an important run for the second time, is really something special. The atmosphere when I ran into the Walther Square and was cheered by the public gave me goosebumps every single time. Today I felt great from the very beginning." Silvia Weissteiner (3.)
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