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Last year, I remember watching Geoffrey Kamworer run so well at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. His victory in the World Cross Country senior men's 12k was no different on March 28.
It should be no surprise to see that Mr. Kamworer is focusing on the 10,000 meters. With his strength from the half marathon and gutty racing over 12 kilometers cross country, I can not wait to see how Geoffrey Kamworer races over 25 laps on the track.
James Dunaway, photo courtesy of USA Track & Field
Jim Dunaway wrote the following story, at the request of Walt Murphy, for his readers. As most of our readers know, Jim Dunaway, life long track fan, life long chronicler of all things track & field, and a person who loved a good story, told well.
Enjoy the chronicles of James Dunaway on the 1956 Olympics...
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 and Yasin Haji . In junior girls both other medals also for Ethiopia (Dera Dida ) and Etgegn Woldu (), in junior boys for Kenya (Geoffrey Korir and Alfred Ngeno ). 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,), 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 PhotoRun.net
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 PhotoRun.net
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!
Ed Eyestone, Todd Williams, Pat Porter, XC 1993, photo by PhotoRun.net
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 PhotoRun.net
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. , 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.