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Adel Mechaal and Cavaline Nahimana in the XXXV National Cross Fiestas of the Virgin of Yecla (13/12/2017)

Adel Mechaal and Cavaline Nahimana lead the elite participation of the XXXV Cross Fiestas de la Virgen de Yecla, which takes place this Sunday, December 17, at the sports complex "Juan Palao" organized by the Department of Sports and the Arcabuceros Squadron "Virgen of the Castle "

The current European cross-country runner-up Adel Mechaal will celebrate his silver medal on Sunday in Yecla, a land where he already knows what it is to win.

It was in particular three years ago and this Sunday will be the faces with the last winner in the circuit Murcia, the Eritrean Yemane Hailesselasie.

Mechaal is the best Spanish runner and rubs elbows with the world elite, good test was the fourth place in the final of the 1500 of the world championship in London this year.

In the female category, the highlight will be the presence of the unbeaten in Spain Nahimana Cavaline, the young woman from Burundi who caused astonishment by winning last week in Cantimpalos and who also won two days later, on Sunday, in Quintanar de la Orden.

The extraordinary roster of athletes prepared by the municipality of Yecla also includes the best current cross-country runner, the leader of the Burgos Alimenta Ayad Lamdassem trophy, silver also with Spain last Sunday in Samorín.

There was also the manchego Juan Antonio Pérez Moreno, whom we will see in Yecla this Sunday.

And in its category, the sub 23, competed Carlos Mayo, the Aragonese, one of the Spanish mediofondistas with better fututo, current champion of Europe of 10,000 and subchampion of 5000, who is coming out of an injury but who will give everything in a circuit murciano in which we also saw shine in the past to another who will repeat, José Spain and how well participated has been developed in the last championships of Spain from Campo a Traves.

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The foreign participation is completed by Birhanu Balew, who runs for Bahrain, and who was ninth in the final of 5000 of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

And Kenyan by birth but nationalized Turkish Polat Kemboi Arikan, European cross country champion in 2014 and runner-up last year and European champion of 10,000 on three occasions.

Balew, Arikan and Chiki Perez will make their debut in the cross yeclano.

Something that will also make the sister of Chiki, Mariajo Pérez champion of Spain of 3000 obstacles -.

And let's not forget the winner of the last edition here, the Extremaduran Tania Carretero, who will try to repeat the feat.

Rounding out the group of Spanish Nuria Lugueros, second best Spanish in Samorin and best Spanish athlete of the month of November for the Spanish federation, Tere Urbina, who comes to make podiums in Aranda, Cantimpalos and Quintanar.

Azucena Diaz who returns to Yecla after a few years of absence, Carolina Robles and the athletes of the Valencian Community Marta Esteban and Laura Méndez among others.

In short, a great team for a great morning of athletics this Sunday in Yecla.

Organizational details

The National Cross "Fiestas de la Virgen" of Yecla- Grand Prize: Yecla Furniture Fair last the organizational details of this new edition, which repeats circuit, in the sports complex "Juan Palao Azorín".

The Councilor for Sports, Pedro Romero, accompanied by Ruben Juan, President of the Virgen del Castillo Squad, has presented at a press conference this important sporting event, which has a budget of 44,500 euros, contributed by the City of Yecla and the main sponsors : Feria el Mueble de Yecla, CETEM, Fama, Xti and Bodegas Castaño

The organizers expect to have a participation of about 2,000 athletes.

Currently, more than 700 athletes from the teaching centers of Yecla have already registered.

We can not forget that the test is especially scoring for the regional championship of Cross which will mean the presence of all the clubs in the Region of Murcia

The registration period closes tomorrow, Thursday, December 14 at 4:00 pm (more information at www.yecla.es).

On Friday 15 you can check the inscriptions on the website.

The first race will start at 09.45 with the veteran categories A and B and a category for popular runners who do not have a license, as set out in the rules of the Athletics Federation of the Region of Murcia

Throughout the morning will be happening all the tests corresponding to the categories from Benjamins to Veterans.

The absolute feminine and absolute masculine races, will start from 13.00 and 13.40, respectively.

It keeps the trophies to the first three classified, medals 4 to 6 individual and trophy to the first team, trophy to the first place.

Between the categories of junior to veterans, Vino de Bodegas Castaño is delivered to the first six classified.

At the conclusion of the test drinks and fruit are distributed among all the athletes who arrive at the finish line, as well as tasting of Hero Muesli product and gifts from Xti and Castaño Wineries

On the occasion of the organization of the Cross, a solidarity activity is continued in collaboration with Caritas de Yecla, with the objective of collecting non-perishable food or donations.

From the first hours of the morning, volunteers from Cáritas will collect food or donations, delivering a number for the drawing of t-shirts signed by the invited athletes and gifts from the sponsors of the Cross.

The Yecla Feria del Mueble grand prize is sponsored by the Furniture Fair itself and the Furniture Technology Center (CETEM).

More than a hundred volunteers make it possible to organize the test.

It has the collaboration of the Yeclano Athletics Sports Association, the Yecla Fondistas Club, the Arabi Triathlon Club and the Yecla Sports Network and the sponsorship of numerous companies in the city and nationwide

The newspaper "La Opinion" is the Official Journal of the sporting event.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Yecla

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