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Geoffrey Kamworor wins senior Men's XC, photo by Getty Images for IAAF

Letesembet Gidey wins junior Women's WXC! photo by Getty Images for IAAF

Ethiopia this time number one

GUIYANG (CHN, Mar 28): Ethiopia and Kenya as expected dominated at the World CC Championships first time held in China. They won all 12 individual medals and finished one-two in all four team standings. At the end Ethiopia was better 5-3-3 with Kenya 3-5-1. Remaining four team medals went to Bahrain (twice), Eritrea and Uganda. Best non-African (and non Bahrain) individual position was the 15th place of Spain´s Trihas Gebre in women senior race. Ethiopian runners won both junior races, Letesembet Gidey 19:48 and Yasin Haji 23:42. In junior girls both other medals also for Ethiopia (Dera Dida 19:49) and Etgegn Woldu (19:53), in junior boys for Kenya (Geoffrey Korir 23:47 and Alfred Ngeno 23:54). Women senior race had Agnes Tirop winning the gold for Kenya (26:01) over Ethiopians Senbere Teferi (26:06) and Netsanet Gudeta (26:11). The title defender Emily Chebet was 6th (26:18). In the most anticipated men senior race top two for Kenya with versatile Geoffrey Kamworor after winning last year World Half-Marathon title now the CC gold 34:52 over Bedan Karoki 35:00 and best from Ethiopians third Muktar Edris 35:06 as third. Ethiopia won all team titles but one, junior boys was for Kenya. Best European runners were Maria Larsen of Denmark (junior girls, 30th,21:49), Yemaneberhan Crippa from Italy (junior boys, 20th, 24:52), Trihas Gebre from Spain (women, 15th, 27:50) and Polat Arikan Kemboi from Turkey (men, 22nd, 36:40). Best teams France (girls, 11th), Italy (boys, 8th), Spain (women, 7th) and Spain (men, 12th). Next edition of World CC Champs will be held in 2017 in Kampala, Uganda. 

Agnes Tirop wins senior Womens' WXC, photo by Getty Images for IAAF

Yasin Haji wins Junior Men's WXC, photo by Getty Images for IAAF
Geoffrey Kamworor, photo by

I remember when Geoffrey Kamworor surprised some with his win in March 2014 at the World Half Marathon Championships. Justin Lagat, like many true fans, stayed up late in the evening watching the WXC on his computer screen. Here is Justin's piece on the winners of senior men and women's races. 

World Cross Country, March 2013, Poland, photo by

To some, the World Cross Country is the race of races for elite distance runners. I recall a conversation with 1975 winner Ian Stewart, who told me that the World Cross country was like nothing else a distance runner races in their career. " They go out fast, and it just gets faster." noted Mr. Stewart. 

The tradition of the race continues. It was so great to see how the US values the event and the fine teams we sent on all four levels. 

We will all of the competitors the very best and look forward to pictures and video from Guiyang, China on March 28! 

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Ed Eyestone, Todd Williams, Pat Porter, XC 1993, photo by

This photo is one of my favorite covers for American Athletics, the predecessor of American Track & Field. Funny thing is, two of my favorites are with Todd Williams. The other is from his first win at USA XC in November 1991, where he won the US championships, and defeated Pat Porter for the first time. 

To me, Todd Williams will always be, the raging bull of track & field. He ran like a boxer battles in the ring. In his day, one had to run a round in the 10,000 meters to make the final. Then, two days later, one ran the final. 

His second career, with RunSafer is fascinating, as Todd Williams is having fun and doing something wonderful for the sport he loves. 

Jeff Benjamin, one of the few writers who wrote for us when we were American Athletics, wrote this interview with Todd Williams. We think that you will like it! 

 2013 World Cross  Country Championships, photo by

Kenya plans to rule

GUIYANG (CHN): Kenya are expected to re-affirm their supremacy at World CC Championships in Guiyang. The 2015 squad looks fired up to extend its dominance, banking on a mix of upstarts and the experienced athletes. On Monday, the 24-member team had a light training at Uhuru Gardens along Lang'ata Road, then returned to YMCA South C hostels before leaving Jomo Kenyatta International Airport aboard Ethiopian Airlines in the evening to Guangzhou, where they made a stop-over and then connected to Guiyang. Kipsang Kamworor, the team captain and 2011 world cross country junior champion, said they were under no pressure to perform well. "What remains now is to go and make our nation proud in China. We will give our best since we have all trained well and together and remain focused on the task ahead," said Kamworor. Janet Kisa, the Commonwealth 5000m and African cross-country silver medallist, is the women's team captain. Writes East Standard. "Training has been wonderful. We have done the speed work and other aspects of training. And the discipline has been high, very high. There is also unity. This team is ready to take on the world. The team is ready to go out and conquer the world," team manager John Kimetto said. The squad trained in residential camp for about a month at the high altitude St Marks Teachers Training College in Kigari, Embu, that stands at 1350 m above sea level. In last edition in Bydgoszcz Kenya won 3 out of 4 individual races and 2 out of 4 team scores. 
Kipsang, Karoki, Barsotan, Kenya XC 2015, photo by
Hill, World Cross Country, March 2013, photo by

The World Cross Country is the world series of distance running, and it happens every two years. Here is a feature from on ten runners to watch at the IAAF World Cross Country, to be held in Guiyang, China in March 28, 2015.

I have watched Ryan Hall race since he was a high school phenom. His Houston Half marathon performance in 2007 just showed how good he was, and his first London was mind boggling. 

With a 13:16 5,000m pb, a 10,000 pb run in a 120 mile week, and his 2:04.55, Ryan Hall has the ability to win not only a World Marathon Majors title, but an Olympic or World marathon medal. 

In my mind, Ryan Hall has squandered his talent. I could not even believe his performance in LA Marathon. 

So, I sat down this evening and wrote my beef with Ryan. 

This was after hearing his social media note on his run at ASICS LA Marathon. 

Something, I felt, had to be said, and written. 

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Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi, Abdi Abdirahman, 
Healthy Kidney 2012, photo by

Bill Rodger's awards from the 1975 World Cross Country, 
photo courtesy of Bill Rodgers
Dathan Ritzenhein, Campaccio XC 2014, photo by

Dathan Ritzenhein is running the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Our friend from, one of my favorite Irishmen, Cathal Dennehy, wrote this piece about Dathan Ritzenhein, an athlete I first saw race as a high school junior at the FootLocker MW regional. 

It has been fascinating to watch Dathan in his development as one our finest athletes, from two miles to the marathon. This season should be interesting as Dathan looks to Rio 2016...

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