They were less than a second off the WR at Pre. They'll also face Olympic silver medalist Sofia Assefa, 2015 Diamond Race winner Virginia Nyambura and African champion Hiwot Ayalew.
He defeated Geoffrey Kamworor who fell off pace and ended up a DNF. For the women, little-known Violah Jepchumba won over a field that included World steeple champ Hyvin Kiyeng and World Marathon silver medalist Helaha Kiprop.
*Imane Merga And Hiwot Ayalew Win San Sebastian XC Meet
Ayalew is the brother of Ethiopian steepler Hiwot Ayalew.
Mekonen Gebremedhin (1500) and Tsebelu Zewude (10,000) get wins for Ethiopia. Sofia Assefa and Hiwot Ayalew also went 1-2 for Ethiopia in the steeple. *Full Results
Can Emma Coburn get a medal? What about a gold?
Hassan was far and away the best over the final 100 as she won over Faith Kipyegon (4:03.38) while Simpson was third in 4:03.54. Nyambura won for the third time in four DL races with Coburn running 9:20.67 for third. Switzerland's Selina Büchel won the non-DL 800 (2:01.68) while Dawn Harper-Nelson (12.55 100h) and Allyson Felix (22.09 200) also grabbed wins.
Teammates Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson will look at a minimum to mark themselves as favorites for Worlds. Could they also get American records in the process? Shannon Rowbury will look to become just the 5th woman in history to join the sub-2:00/sub-15:00 club.
Men's field includes Imane Merga, Ibrahim Jeilan, Muktar Edris and Tariku Bekele. Women's field has Gelete Burka, Belaynesh Oljira, Hiwot Ayalew, Mamitu Daska, Buze Diriba and Kenya's half-marathon WR holder Florence Kiplagat.
Farah will face five men who have broken 7:31 including Hagos Gebrhiwet and Yenew Alamirew. The women's 1500 features '14 world leader Sifan Hassan and '13 world champ Abeba Aregawi, while Ethiopians Sofia Assefa and Hiwot Ayalew will race in the women's steeple. Justin Gatlin (100) and Allyson Felix (200) headline the non-distance action.
Tabor Stevens, the NCAA XC champ and fastest American collegiate steepler last year, got a big win, so did German Fernandez, and Michael O'Hara got four of them. More track action, coaching advice, and a chance encounter with Geoffrey Kamworor in the airport which reminded us of Paul Tergat and Moses Tanui meeting President Bush.
Tola won over an extremely deep field that included former world XC champ Imane Merga, track studs Hagos Gebrehiwet and Yenew Almirew, world marathon bronze medalist Tadesse Tola and Ethiopian half-marathon record holder Atsedu Tsegaye. Yalew beat world cross-country silver medallist Hiwot Ayalew, world 10,000m bronze medallist Belaynesh Oljira, and former world indoor 1500m champion Gelete Burka.
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Emma Coburn was fantastic all season long and nabs the #2 spot in the world.
World XC bronze medalist Teklemariam Medhin was 4th while World XC champ Japhet Korir was never a factor and finished a disappointing 18th, 1:26 behind Merga. World XC bronze medalist Belaynesh Oljira won the women's race over Mercy Cherono with Hiwot Ayalew well back in 4th.
Also 2014 5000 world leader Muktar Edris (12:54.83), 2011 world 10,000m champ Ibrahim Jeilan, Albert Rop and Emmanuel Bett. Women's race has World XC medalist Hiwot Ayalew and Belaynesh Oljira and World 5000 silver medalist Mercy Cherono.
Emma Coburn outkicked Hiwot Ayalew for the first time ever at the Continental Cup as Jairus Birech outkicked Evan Jager in the steeplechase.
Discuss: Nice $30,000 Win for Emma Coburn to End Season!
Tbe 3000 and 5000 are lacking depth (and we propose a combining of them at this meet) but there's nothing wrong with the mid-d events as world champ Eunice Sum will take on world leader Ajee Wilson and the in-form Lynsey Sharp. Shannon Rowbury will look to end her season with an elusive victory over world leader Sifan Hassan and world junior champ Dawit Seyaum. Finally, American record holder Emma Coburn faces Diamond League champ/world leader Hiwot Ayalew and world junior champ Ruth Jebet in the steeple.