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Sergio Ráez Villanueva wins men's 10K national title

Evan Esselink was denied in his attempt to defend his national title in the 10,000 metres, finishing second to Sergio Ráez Villanueva at the Speed River Inferno meet at the University of Guelph on Wednesday.

21-year-old Mississauga runner edges Evan Esselink at the wire

Sergio Ráez Villanueva finished first in the men's 10,000 metres at Speed River Inferno meet in Guelph. (Twitter/@McMasterU)

Evan Esselink was denied in his attempt to defend his national title in the 10,000 metres, finishing second to Sergio 
Ráez Villanueva at the Speed River Inferno meet at the University of Guelph on Wednesday.

Ráez Villanueva, 21, from Mississauga, Ont., won in a time of 30 minutes 19.19 seconds. The 26-year-old Esselink, from Courtice, Ont., was less than a second back in 30:20.16. Kevin Blackney, from Prince Albert, Ont., was third in 30:37.95.

Esselink won the event last year in a time of 29:21.11.

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