On a morning that seemed to be summer and in a good mood, the Açoteias track received yesterday the 44th International Cross of Almond Trees in Bloom.
Thierry Ndikumwenayo, from Burundi and the Ethiopian Likina Amebaw won yesterday the 44th International Cross of Almond Blossoms, played in the Açoteias track. Ndikumwenayo finished with a time of 25.21 minutes and finished eight seconds ahead of Uganda's Hosea Kiplangat. Irishman Sean Tobin was third, at 17 seconds and the best Portuguese was Rui Pinto, 4 Run athlete, who finished the race in fourth place, 33 seconds from the winner.
In the women's competition, Likina Amebaw finished with 22.42 minutes, ahead of the Spanish Azucena Díaz, nine seconds, and Clara Viñaras, 20 seconds. Carla Martinho, from Recreio Desportivo de Águeda, was the best Portuguese, finishing in fourth place, 43 seconds from the winner.
Given the pandemic situation, this year neither the regional championship event nor the adapted sport event for athletes with disabilities took place. The competition was limited to professional athletes with no public, and all hygiene measures were complied with. and security emanating from the competent authorities.
However, as stated by José Carlos Rolo, Mayor, “it is a test that always arouses the adrenaline, not only for having here in Albufeira the best of the best national and international Athletics, but also for seeing this track again , which is one of the best in the country, to once again be the stage for the so-called golden sneakers, because this is a valuable proof of fact for everyone ”.
The 44th International Cross of Amendoeiras em Flor is an organization of the Association of Athletics of the Algarve in partnership with the Municipality of Albufeira, with the support of the Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth and of the Algarve Tourism Region and had a live broadcast on Bola TV and Live streeaming on Youtube as well as AAALGARVE's Facebook.