Bakhraiba triumphs in cross-country race

Updated 18 January 2013

Bakhraiba triumphs in cross-country race

Seventy-three runners took part in the annual mid-season ending cross-country race in the Jeddah Road Runners calendar of events recently in the north of Jeddah, sponsored jointly by Suntop and Carrefour.
In keeping with tradition, as this is always a ‘cross-country’ event, the course comprised two laps to test the strength of the legs on varied terrain (hard and soft sand), and make up for the absence of any major hills. The main race of two laps (7 kms.) attracted 43 runners; another 30 runners completed one lap covering half the distance (3.5kms).
Conditions were ideal for a late afternoon start, and temperatures were nearly perfect for some good performances.
Last year’s third-placed finisher, Bakhraiba, improved on his previous time by over a minute, winning comfortably from Assiri by 16 secs.
Junior Al Kaff, improved his time by an even larger margin than in 2011, by nearly 5 minutes, finishing third overall. Based on this performance, he has the potential to be club champion in the short-term future.
There were several close finishes to excite the spectators: Ahdal, Rasheed, Robito and Mohagab, all finished within 18 seconds; K. Oloffson pipping Magalong by a second at the finish line as did E. Olofsson from Goscioco.
Al Harbi edged Elliston by a few seconds. In the ladies, the Arab News own staff, S. Roth, comfortably won, finishing a very creditable eighth position overall.
Guiterez, Zamora and Shouaib brought up the rear, to a well-earned round of applause from the group. Club member Awni won the one-lap race, from Yamani, Hawsawi, and Alsubhi.
The club committee thanked Binzagr CO-RO and Carrefour for their excellent support for the running community, and for the product and give-aways that were given to all the runners.
Overall winner: Bakhraiba (28.20)
Open category: Assiri (28.36); Dehwah (30.42); Saideya (33.16)
Veterans category: Bucher (34.34); Messum (36.21); Albert (38.40)
Masters category: Zeibnan (33.13); McIvor (36.16); Alkhaibari (40.14)
Seniors: 1st Malloch (40.23)
Ladies: Roth (35.26); 2nd K. Olofsson (44.46); Elliston (45.12)
Juniors: Al Kaff (29.44); E. Olofsson (49.53); Gosioco (49.54)

LIVE: Tunisia battle to stay in World Cup against Belgium

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LIVE: Tunisia battle to stay in World Cup against Belgium

2.42PM: Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul swapped his goalkeeper with Farouk Mustapha taking over from Mouez Hassen, who played in the opening 2-1 defeat to England, failing to stop Kane scoring the late winner for the Three Lions.
In the only other change, Troyes midfielder Saif-Eddine Khaoui replaced Naim Sliti in the middle of the park for Tunisia.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez started with the same team which beat Panama for Saturday's World Cup group match against Tunisia in Moscow.
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is looking to add to the two goals he scored in their opening 3-0 rout of Panama for the clash at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow.


BELGIUM - Thibaut Courtois; Toby Alderweireld, Dedryck Boyata, Jan Vertonghen; Thomas Meunier, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Yannick Carrasco; Eden Hazard (capt), Dries Mertens; Romelu Lukaku

TUNISIA - Farouk Mustapha; Syam Ben Youssef, Yassine Meriah, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Ali Maaloul; Dylan Bronn, Ellyes Skhiri, Ferjani Sassi; Saif-Eddine Khaoui, Wahbi Khazri (capt), Anice Badri

2.30PM: The Eagles of Carthage suffered last-minute heartache against England on Monday, when a Harry Kane header in injury-time sealed a 2-1 win for his side in the opening clash of Group G.

Nabil Maaloul’s men now face highly fancied Belgium knowing another defeat would end their interest in the tournament after just one game. They looked solid, without ever being spectacular against England. Can they find another gear and cause a shock against Eden Hazard and Co?