The Tanzanian Cross Country Champion, Filbert Bayi, added another title to his long list of victories -- the Milan Five Mile race -- in Italy on Sunday (7 March).
GV Competitors at start
SV No. 5, Filbert Bayi of Tanzania takes the lead
SV PAN Foster of U.K., No. 9, running around corner
GV Bayi leading
GV Other runners following
LV PAN Filbert Bayi running through village (2 shots)
SV Other runners following
SV Bayi winning
LV Franco Fava taking second place
CU Winner Bayi
Initials CL/1633 CL/1645
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Background: The Tanzanian Cross Country Champion, Filbert Bayi, added another title to his long list of victories -- the Milan Five Mile race -- in Italy on Sunday (7 March).
Running against some of the best cross country competitors in the world, including Brendon Foster of Britain and Franco Fava of Italy, Bayi showed the courage of a true champion.
The course itself is actually six miles (9.5 kilometres) in length and winds its way through the back streets and outlying areas of Milan.
Bayi kept up the pressure throughout the race and after the first three miles he swept to a clear lead which he held throughout the race.
The only other runner to keep up with the champion for part of the race was the Italian, Franco Fava, who finished in second place.
Another Italian, Venanzio Ortis, came in third.
Bayi's time for the race was 29 minutes 55.6 seconds.
SYNOPSIS: Runners prepare for the famous "Five Mile" race on the outskirts of Milan. The race is actually run over a distance of six miles.
Tanzanian runner, Filbert Bayi, took the lead early, pressed by Brendon Foster of Britain. But Bayi increased the pace.
The pace of Bayi soon stretched the rest of the field over a long distance.
Despite their efforts the other competitors could not bridge the gap and the Tanzanian champion forged across the finishing line without another runner in sight.
Bayi's closest rival, the Italian Franco Fava, put up a good effort to finish second.
But the large crowd knew that they had seen a true world champion in Filbert Bayi and roared their appreciation for a great run.