Mawia confirms supremacy in Alcobendas

Mawia confirms supremacy in Alcobendas
Mawia in past action

“I'm quite satisfied with my third win this season. I feel much more comfortable on cross country than on the track,” said 23-year-old Mawia

Kenya’s Lucy Mawia captured a commanding victories at the 40th Cross Internacional de la Constitucion, the seventh Gold meeting in this season’s World Athletics Cross Country Tour, in Alcobendas, Spain, on Sunday 27 November 2022.

It was Argentina's Maria Luz Tesuri who first took command of the women’s 8.04km race, closely followed by a trio of favourites: Mawia, Burundi's Francine Niyomukunzi and Italy's European U23 cross country champion Nadia Battocletti.

Around 2000m into the race, that quartet had built a 10-second lead over the chasing group, headed by Spain's Laura Luengo. Shortly afterwards, the Argentinean began to lose ground as Mawia moved to the front to inject a brisker pace, with Niyomukunzi running at her shoulder and Battocletti always in third.


Just before reaching the fifth kilometre, the Italian could not live with Mawia's relentless pace across the up and down circuit and the event became a two-horse battle between the Kenyan and Niyomukunzi.

The key move came just before the pair entered the closing 2.3km lap, when Mawia broke away. At the bell she travelled a couple of seconds ahead of Niyomukunzi and five seconds clear of Battocletti, while Luengo, who had overtaken Tesuri, was a lonesome fourth, 33 seconds back.

During that final loop the Italian bounced back and easily passed Niyomukunzi, although she never threatened Mawia's win.

At the tape, the Kenyan clocked 27:06 to Battocletti's 27:17, while a fading Niyomukunzi finished 24 seconds behind the winner but also 24 seconds ahead of Luengo in fourth.

“I'm quite satisfied with my third win this season. I feel much more comfortable on cross country than on the track,” said 23-year-old Mawia, who also claimed recent victories in Bydgoszcz and Soria.

“After my European tour of four races, I now return to my country to contest the Kenyan trials for the World Cross Country Championships.”