• Hassan and Kaya win European XC Titles

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 Netherland's Sifan Hassan and Turkey's Ali Kaya won the 2015 European Cross Country championships senior crowns on Sunday,  December 13 in Hyeres, France.


Hassan the world 1500m silver medalist  outran Great Britain's Kate Avery and Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal of Norway to win her first European senior cross country title with a time of 25.47. The 22-year old Hassan besides European cross country title hold the European 1500m title indoors and outdoors. 

Great Britain defended their team title with 33 points from France (78) and Ireland (83).

Turkey's Ali Kaya took the men's 10.1 km senior race upgrading his last year's silver medal to gold. Kaya crossed the line with a time of 29.20  beating 2009 and 2013 European cross  country champion Alemayehu Bezabeh of Spain who crossed the line second in 29.31. Bronze medal won Spaniard  Adel Mechaal with a time of 29.51. 


Spain took the team title with just 14 points. France was second with 35 whole Great Britain with 78 points took bronze.


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