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Golden girl Britton gets some Brussels silver for Christmas

The Wicklow native followed up her European win with a second placed finish in Belgium.

Fionnuala Britton has a silver to go with her double Euro cross country golds.
Fionnuala Britton has a silver to go with her double Euro cross country golds.
Image: ©INPHO/Sasa Pahic Szabo

FIONNUALA BRITTON CAN come dressed as Mr T if her friends or family are planning any festive fancy-dress parties.

The Wicklow athlete finished an impressive second place at the Iris Lotto CrossCup in Brussels on this afternoon.

The silver medal will go nicely with the two golds Britton, registered with Kilcoole Athletic Club, won two weeks ago at European Cross Country Championships.

Britton, the European ladies and team gold medal-winner, faced a number of top class athletes from Kenya and Ethiopia.

The lineup also included European U23 champion Jess Coulson of Great Britain, who had beaten Britton at the IAAF Cross Country race in Burgos, Spain on the 11 November.

Fast pace

The talented Ethiopian athlete Ruti Aga constantly pushed the pace throughout the race, with only Britton able to stay with such a fast pace.

Both athletes easily moved away from the chasing pack which included Coulson, Belgium’s Almensch Belete and defending champion Caroline Chepkwony of Kenyan.

Aga then made the decisive move, breaking clear of Britton and securing the victory.

The 28-year-old a crossed the line in an impressive second place to cap off a year to remember.

Britton’s next race will be the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country on 5 January, followed by the Antrim IAAF Cross Country on 12 January.

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