- Jebitok crossed the finish line in a time of 32:39. Ethiopia's Werkwuha Getachew was second and Winnie Jemutai placed third.
- Ronald Kwemoi's victory in the men's category ensured a Kenyan double.
Edinah Jebitok believes she has what it takes to be crowned the winner of this season's overall Cross Country Tour after her victory at the Cross International de Italica, the fourth World Athletics Cross Country Gold meeting of the season, held on the outskirts of Seville on November 12.
Jebitok crossed the finish line in a time of 32:39. Ethiopia's Werkwuha Getachew was second and Winnie Jemutai placed third.
Ronald Kwemoi's victory in the men's category ensured a Kenyan double.
Making their debuts at the event, Jebitok and Kwemoi claimed the titles on a sunny and pleasant afternoon after respective sprint finishes against Ethiopia's world U20 champion Senayet Getachew and Kenya's Hillary Chepkwony.
“I'm so satisfied with my European tour as I have won twice and was runner-up in Atapuerca,” said Jebitok. “My main goal is to be the overall victor of this season's Cross Country Tour.”
In the absence of pre-race favourite Beatrice Chebet, who withdrew on the eve of the event because of illness, the women's 9918m contest opened at a brisk pace set by Jebitok, who only had her compatriot Winnie Jemutai, Ethiopians Getachew and Wede Kefale, and Uganda's Annet Chelangat for the company just one minute into the race.
Jebitok broke away from the rest of the lead group at the start of the second 2450m circuit and built a five-second margin over Getachew midway through that lap.
Getachew was another four seconds clear of Jemutai and gradually she reeled in Jebitok, until they were running together at the helm midway through the race. Jemutai was a lonesome third, while Kefale and Chelangat were further back. Behind them, Quirk and Forero took turns leading their group, followed by Robles and Axford.
Throughout the penultimate loop, Jebitok and Getachew tried to lose each other but neither managed to do so. By the bell, the pair had built a 20-second margin ahead of Jemutai, while Forero and Quirk were in sixth and seventh place, and would fight to be the first European home.
Already on the closing lap with the clock reading 25:40, Jebitok unleashed another kick and was able to leave Getachew behind for the second time, opening a six-second margin with 1000m remaining. Much to the delight of the large crowd watching, the Ethiopian bounced back and passed Jebitok with some 500m remaining.
Jebitok then found another gear and reached the narrow final bend a few meters ahead, but to the astonishment of the crowd she stopped in the belief that she had crossed the finish line.
Getachew took advantage and overtook her, entering the home straight in the lead, but Jebitok – a 1500m specialist – didn't surrender and passed her rival in the final metre to win by the narrowest of margins