Athletics: Lebed takes back title as Guerra fades

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Serhiy Lebed won gold at the men's European Cross-Country Championships in Thun, Switzerland to regain the title he last won three years ago. The Ukrainian edged out Kamiel Maase, who was the surprise leader for the first three laps before Lebed took charge to win in 27min 52sec.

The Dutchman Maase held on to take silver in 28:05, five seconds ahead of the third-placed Antonio Jimenez, who helped Spain to the men's team title.

Since Lebed last won the title in 1998, Paolo Guerra has held the title and was going for a fifth gold. But the Portuguese athlete was crowded out in a sprint finish for bronze and came in 10th.

France's Yamna Belkacem took the women's title in 15:48, finishing just one second ahead of the Russian Olga Romanova with Justyna Bak, of Poland, two seconds further back.