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Geoffrey Kamworor senior mens race roger sedres .jpgGeoffrey Kamworor defends his senior men's title, photo: Roger Sedres (c)/IAAF

Kamworor defended, Kenya dominated
KAMPALA (UGA, Mar 26): Kenya won both senior titles with Irene Cheptai and defender Geoffrey Kamworor. Emotional leader in men race Joshua Cheptegei initialized early festivities among fans, but faded and was happy to finish. But Uganda still got its first ever gold medal, in junior boys race Jacob Kiplimo was the best. Kenya won first mixed relay and Gidey defended her U20 girls gold medal. The race was staged on former airport grounds with grass and in hot weather. First ever IAAF Championships in Uganda. Discussions about future of this event to be held in 2019 in Aarhus, Denmark will continue.
Event by event
Mixed relay: Led off by Asbel Kiprop, Kenya took a gun-to-tape win in the inaugural mixed relay in 22:22 from Ethiopia (22:30) and Turkey (22:37). Genzebe Dibaba tried during last leg, but the margin was too big.
Junior women: Reigning champion Letesenbet Gidey easily defended her 6km title in 18:34 from teammate Hawi Feysa (18:57) and Kenya's Celliphine Chespol (19:02). Team: ETH 19, KEN 20, UGA 63.
Junior men: Jacob Kiplimo was a hugely popular winner over 8km, winning Uganda's first ever gold medal at the World XC Championships in 22:40 from Ethiopia's Amdework Walelegn (22:43) and Kenya's Richard Yator (22:52). Team: ETH 17, KEN 28, ERI 55.
Senior women: Kenyan trials winner Irene Cheptai led her country to a sweep of the top six places. She covered the 10km course in 31:57 ahead of Alice Aprot (32:01) and Lilian Kasait (32:11). Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon finished sixth in 32:49 with Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Ruth Jebet from Bahrain seventh in the same time. Team: KEN 10, ETH 45, BRN 59.
Senior men: Joshua Cheptegei looked poised to claim victory on home soil but fell apart in the last 800m, fading back to 30th in 30:08. Geoffrey Kamworor became the first runner to defend his title since Kenenisa Bekele in 2006 10 km in 28:24 ahead of teammate Leonard Barsoton (28:36) with Ethiopia's Abadi Hadis bronze (28:43). Team: ETH 21, KEN 22, UGA 72.
Medals: Kenya 4-5-3, Ethiopia 4-4-1, Uganda 1-0-2, Turkey, Bahrain and Eritrea 0-0-1.
Europe: The best individual result was in women race by Trihas Gebre as 19th. Best team result was the bronze of Turkey in mixed relay followed with 7th place of Spain in women race.

Kenya's Kamworor won the #iaafkampala2017 senior men's race.

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‪Your U20 women's winner at #iaafkampala2017 is Ethiopia's Gidey!‬

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U20 women's lead pack negotiates the first log obstacle about 1km into their championship race. #iaafkampala2017

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Jacob Kiplimo u 20 .jpgJacob Kiplimo wins U20. Uganda's first gold medalist at the World Cross Country Championships, photo courtesy of Roger Sedres (copyright)/IAAF

Geoffrey Kamworor senior mens race roger sedres .jpgGeoffrey Kamworor defends his title, with a brilliant last lap, photo courtesy of Roger Sedres (copyright)/IAAF

The 2017 IAAF World Cross Country in Kamapala was huge on the drama and hot and humid on the performances. The host country, Uganda, had much to cheer for, as Uganda took team bronze in women U20, gold single in men's U20 and bronze in men's senior race.

Kenya was the big winner today, with Ethiopia making them work hard for the medals. Here is Justin Lagat's jubilant piece on the Kenyan succeses' in Kampala.

Update March 24, 2017

The 2017 Skechers Performance LA Marathon had two fascinating races. On the men's side, the tension continued to build as the pack stayed together through the half marathon. Then, the field dropped to eight, then, six, then, four, and finally, it was down to Danial Limo and Elisha Barnu. Limo and Barnu ran a mile in 4:40 between Mile 23 and 24. Barnu had stomach problems, but stayed close, and in mile 24 to 25, running a 4:49. The leads changed four times over the last several miles, with Elisha Barnu gutting it out and taking the win. Here's how the top three men and top American discussed their races on Sunday, March 19, 2017.

IMG_7968.JPGLA Marathon Men: Elisha Barno, Danial Lemo, Willy Koitile, John Pickhaver (US Top Finisher), photo from RunBlogRun/TheShoeAddicts

The race came down to this: A huge pack went from 12 to ten, and then, to six, and finally, four. By 24 miles, it was down to Elisha Barno, first timer at LA, and Danial Lemo, 2015 Champ and 2016 3rd placer. Elisha Barno, citing some warm sports drink, had stomach distress in mile 23, when they ran 4:49. Then, Danial Lemo put down the hammer, running 4:40 and Barno, stomach distress and all, stayed close. Lemo charged back into the lead over mile 26, and won the race, putting 30 seconds in the last two miles. Here's the presser for Men, managed by Tom Feur. In third was Willy Koitile, who ran 2016 winner, Weldon Kirui down. Also, John Pickhaver, scored a five minute PB to take tenth. John Pickhaver works in Hollywood, and ran after work each night after long days. A nice presser!

This was filmed for Facebook LIVE on RunBlogRun by my unsteady hand.

Training be a grind anywhere you train, even in beautiful Kenya. In this column, Justin Lagat shares some of the issues on training in Kenya. He also salutes some elite athletes who continue to support the up and comers in the training groups.

IMG-20170302-WA0005.jpgRunners heading to workout, Eldoret, photo courtesy of Justin Lagat

IMG-20170302-WA0006.jpgAfter the workout in Eldoret (Justin Lagat with purple adidas jacket) photo from Justin Lagat

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