Leonard Korir left it late once again to seal victory in the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh International XCountry.

A year on from snatching the win from Callum Hawkins in the 8KM senior men's event at Holyrood Park, the American repeated the trick – this time denying Europe's Kaan Kigen Ozbilen with 200m to go on the cross country course.

Yasemin Can also retained her title in the women's race, while Laura Muir spearheaded Great Britain's charge to victory once again in the 4x1KM Stewart Cup international relay event.


The senior and junior races formed part of an international team challenge where Europe were the victors, finishing comfortably ahead of Great Britain and USA in second and third respectively.

Korir's victory was familiar to those who watched 2017's event, with the American sitting within the pack for much of the race, allowing Kigen Ozbilen to lead for long spells, with Europe's Soufiana Bouchikhi and Aras Kaya joining the leading pack.

And as Kigen Ozbilen stretched ahead with victory in his sights, Korir reeled him in and crossed the line in 24.32, three seconds ahead of Kigen Ozbilen in 24.35. Kaya was third in 24.39, while Ben Connor was first Briton home in fifth, clocking 24.58.

Can hung on to her women's title over 6KM but she did not have things her own way. Can's 20.58 was enough for victory, with Britain's Emelia Gorecka piling the pressure on to finish just two seconds behind in 21.00. USA's Molly Seidel was third in 21.04.

In the 4x1km relay race contesting the Stewart Cup, Great Britain retained the silverware with victory in the last leg led home by Muir.

Clocking 11.33, Britain and Muir eased home seven seconds ahead of relay debutants Belgium in 11.40 with Europe third in 11.41. Fielding two teams, Scotland finished with and sixth respectively with Ireland fourth.

It was business as usual for Muir, where winning at Holyrood has become something of a habit.

She said: "The team did a great job of getting me to the front – all I had to do was finish it off. I worked hard at the start and ensured I had enough to finish with.

“I didn't want to let that record slip – I've not been beaten here so I am really pleased I managed to keep that title.”

Earlier, in the junior men race, Simen Halle Haugen and Ouassim Oumaiz helped Europe to a strong start in the international competition with first and second respectively over the 6KM course. The Norwegian clocked 19.13 to finish three seconds ahead of Oumaiz, with Great Britain's Matthew Willis close behind in third clocking 19.18.

In the 4KM junior women's race, USA's Kelsey Chmiel took victory in 14.10 ahead of the Europeans Mariana Machado and Jasmijn Lau both clocking 14.13.