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Lalli and Britton crowned European champions

Italian Andrea Lalli won the men's European cross country championship in Budapest on Sunday while Ireland's Fioannula Britton retained her women's crown.

Lalli, 25, timed 30min 01sec coming home 11sec ahead of Frenchman Hassan Chahdi while Lalli's compatriot Daniele Meucci took bronze, coming in two seconds adrift of the runner-up.

Spain took the team title with a total of 35 points ahead of Great Britain (38) and Italy (63).

Britton, 28, timed 27min 45sec in a thrilling finish edging Portugal's Ana Dulce Felix by two seconds while Dutch runner Adrienne Herzog was third, a second further adrift.

It was double gold for Ireland as they won the women's team title with 52 points, finishing level on points with France, who had to settle for silver, while Britain took bronze.


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