Will Crippa claim his fifth successive individual medal in Tilburg?

Crippa is the Cup King in Portugal
Getty Images

Yemaneberhan Crippa will contest the senior men's race at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Tilburg on 9 December

Yemaneberhan Crippa will be looking to add to his already impressive medal haul at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Tilburg on 9 December.

Only 22, Crippa has already won eight medals in championship history, including individual medals at the last four editions of the European Cross Country Championships: gold in the U20 race in 2014 and 2015 and bronze in the U23 race in 2016 and 2017.

Crippa is still eligible for the U23 race - and might have been the favourite for the title by virtue of winning a bronze medal in the 10,000m at the European Championships - but he has eschewed his final chance of winning gold at U23 level in favour of the senior race.  

  

Crippa, who has been training for the championships at altitude in Kenya, is already familiar with the course for the European Cross Country Championships after triumphing at the Warandecross in Tilburg on Sunday. The same course will be used on 9 December.

Crippa will join his older brother Nekagenet on the Italian senior team along with former European marathon champion Daniele Meucci who is on the return from illness and injury which forced him to miss the European Championships in Berlin.

Full Italian team here.