Yemana Crippa had a tremendous summer in Munich. At the 2022 European Champs, Crippa, Italy, took the gold in the 10,000m and a bronze in the 5,000 meters. Crippa had won a bronze at the 10,000 in the 2018 European Champs. This writer, a gritty cross-country runner, met Yemane at the 2019 Generali Milano Marathon. Crippa spoke then about his desire to try a marathon. 

Crippa is making a good decision. His 2:08.57 debut is good, but it does not stand out in this world of fast marathoners. Crippa has time to run a fast marathon down the line. 

MILAN (ITA): After clocking 2:08:57 in the Milan Marathon on Sunday, Yemaneberhan Crippa will refocus on the shorter distances this summer, informs FIDAL. He said: “I’ll try again next season; I will try to be even more prepared, aware that we can do much better. Now I plan to be back in action in the 10km road race in Monza on 14 May and to be at the European 10,000m Cup on 3 June in Pacé, France, where I will be looking for the standard for the World Championships in August in Budapest.” Crippa struggled with stomach problems in the last five kilometers of his debut on Sunday.

Yemaneberhan Crippa of Italy in action during the ATHLETICS – MEN’S 10,000M FINAL at Olympiastadion during the European Championships 2022 on August 21, 2022, in Munich, Germany. Photo: Marc Mueller / Munich2022