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Swiss athletes shine in weekend races

Swiss women get off to a flying start in this weekend's race in Berne Keystone

There has been a busy weekend of international athletics in Switzerland, featuring both men's and women's road races.

On Sunday, Kenya’s Lydia Cheromei picked up the gold medal in a women’s race in Berne. She completed the five-kilometre course in a time of 15 minutes and 17 seconds.

The Ethiopian, Abeba Tola, won the silver, while the bronze went to Italy’s Maura Viceconte. The top-placed Swiss was local girl Anita Weyermann, from Gümligen, who finished sixth in 16 minutes and 27 seconds.

A day earlier, the 43-year-old Canadian, Victor Wayne Hickey, won Biel’s gruelling 100-kilometre road race in a time of seven hours 14 minutes and 25 seconds. He was followed over the line by two Swiss runners, Arno Schneider and Andreas Bringold.

Hickey is the first North American to win the event.

Switzerland also collected silver and bronze in the women’s race in Biel, which was won by Germany’s Constanze Wagner in eight hours 16 minutes and 22 seconds. Second place went to Karin Stump, while Heidi Aeschlimann was third.

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