Yasemin Can Defends European XC Championships Title in Samorin

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Turkey's Yasemin Can successfully defended her European Cross Country Tittle on Sunday, October 10 in Samorin, Slovakia.

Can, who will celebrate her 21 birthday tomorrow, became the second women in European Cross country championships history to retain the title. The Turkish athlete broke the tape in the women's 8km race in 26:48 to finish almost 100m ahead of Sweden's Meraf Bahata, who held of Norway's Bjerkeli Grovdal for the silver. 

"It was not easy race as it is very windy and cold here. The wind was pushing me back. However, I like to keep in my own rythm - to slow down and speed up whenever I want, so I did not mind I had to to run on my own. I kept pushing till the end and I enjoyed my run very much. Tomorrow I will have my 21st birthday so I am happy I gave myself this gold medal present." Can told reporters after the race.

Great Britain & NI won the women's senior team title with Romanian squad finishing in second and Turkey in third.

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