1981 IAAF World Cross Country Championships

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1981 IAAF World Cross Country Championships
Organisers IAAF
Edition 9th
Date March 28
Host city Madrid, Spain Spain
Location Hippodromo de la Zarzuela
Nations participating 39
Athletes participating 460
Races 3
Distances 12 km – Senior men
7.25 km – Junior men
4.41 km – Senior women

The 1981 IAAF World Cross Country Championships was held in Madrid, Spain, at the Hippodromo de la Zarzuela on March 28, 1981. A report on the event was given in the Glasgow Herald.[1]

Complete results for men,[2] junior men,[3] women,[4] medallists, [5] and the results of British athletes[6] were published.

Medallists[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual
Senior men
(12 km)
Craig Virgin
 United States
35:05 Mohammed Kedir
 Ethiopia
35:07 Fernando Mamede
 Portugal
35:09
Junior men
(7.25 km)
Mohammed Chouri
 Tunisia
22:04 Yevgeniy Zherebin
 Soviet Union
22:06 Keith Brantly
 United States
22:07
Senior women
(4.41 km)
Grete Waitz
 Norway
14:07 Jan Merrill
 United States
14:22 Yelena Sipatova
 Soviet Union
14:22
Team
Senior men  Ethiopia 81  United States 114  Kenya 220
Junior men  United States 23  England 61  Canada 66
Senior women  Soviet Union 24  United States 36  Italy 89

Race results[edit]

Senior men's race (12 km)[edit]

For full event details see 1981 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Senior men's race
Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Craig Virgin  United States 35:05
2 Mohammed Kedir  Ethiopia 35:07
3 Fernando Mamede  Portugal 35:09
4 Julian Goater  England 35:13
5 Antonio Prieto  Spain 35:18
6 Rob de Castella  Australia 35:20
7 Girma Berhanu  Ethiopia 35:22
8 Thom Hunt  United States 35:23
9 Alex Hagelsteens  Belgium 35:24
10 Pierre Levisse  France 35:26
11 Rod Dixon  New Zealand 35:30
12 El Hachami Abdenouz  Algeria 35:34
Full results
Teams
Rank Team Points
1  Ethiopia
Mohammed Kedir 2
Girma Berhanu 7
Dereje Nedi 13
Kebede Balcha 14
Miruts Yifter 15
Eshetu Tura 30
(Hana Girma) (32)
(Tolossa Kotu) (75)
81
2  United States
Craig Virgin 1
Thom Hunt 8
Mark Nenow 17
Bill Donakowski 18
Bruce Bickford 19
George Malley 51
(Daniel Dillon) (63)
(Mike McGuire) (80)
(Mark Muggleton) (103)
114
3  Kenya
Jackson Ruto 22
Peter Koech 24
Alfred Nyasani 25
Sammy Mogene 36
Wilson Musonik 56
Some Muge 57
(Joseph Kiptum) (68)
(Adriano Musonye) (147)
(John Rotich) (200)
220
4  Spain 254
5  Australia 255
6  England 312
7  Algeria 350
8  Belgium 377
Full results
  • Note: Athletes in parentheses did not score for the team result

Junior men's race (7.25 km)[edit]

For full event details see 1981 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Junior men's race
Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Mohammed Chouri  Tunisia 22:04
2 Yevgeniy Zherebin  Soviet Union 22:06
3 Keith Brantly  United States 22:07
4 George Nicholas  United States 22:08
5 Paul Davies-Hale  England 22:19
6 John Butler  United States 22:21
7 Vincent Rousseau  Belgium 22:23
8 Salvatore Antibo  Italy 22:29
9 Francesco Panetta  Italy 22:32
10 Chris Hamilton  United States 22:32
11 Jonathan Richards  England 22:33
12 Dave Reid  Canada 22:37
Full results
Teams
Rank Team Points
1  United States
Keith Brantly 3
George Nicholas 4
John Butler 6
Chris Hamilton 10
(Peter Warner) (22)
(Michael Pyeatt) (23)
23
2  England
Paul Davies-Hale 5
Jonathan Richards 11
Mark King 20
Christian Bloor 25
(Philip Dixon) (51)
(Neil Rimmer) (88)
61
3  Canada
Dave Reid 12
Chris Brewster 14
Paul McCloy 16
Allen Hugli 24
(Marc Olesen) (39)
(Mark Orzel) (63)
66
4  Italy 80
5  Belgium 118
6  Soviet Union 130
7  Portugal 135
8  Ireland 137
Full results
  • Note: Athletes in parentheses did not score for the team result

Senior women's race (4.41 km)[edit]

For full event details see 1981 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Senior women's race
Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Grete Waitz  Norway 14:07
2 Jan Merrill  United States 14:22
3 Yelena Sipatova  Soviet Union 14:22
4 Agnese Possamai  Italy 14:25
5 Tatyana Sychova  Soviet Union 14:25
6 Betty Springs  United States 14:28
7 Svetlana Ulmasova  Soviet Union 14:28
8 Debbie Scott  Canada 14:31
9 Tatyana Pozdnyakova  Soviet Union 14:34
10 Asuncion Sinobas  Spain 14:38
11 Dorthe Rasmussen  Denmark 14:39
12 Dianne Zorn  New Zealand 14:39
Full results
Teams
Rank Team Points
1  Soviet Union
Yelena Sipatova 3
Tatyana Sychova 5
Svetlana Ulmasova 7
Tatyana Pozdnyakova 9
(Irina Bondarchuk) (21)
(Giana Romanova) (32)
24
2  United States
Jan Merrill 2
Betty Springs 6
Julie Shea 13
Mary Shea 15
(Brenda Webb) (30)
(Francie Larrieu) (36)
36
3  Italy
Agnese Possamai 4
Cristina Tomasini 23
Silvana Cruciata 29
Alba Milana 33
(Nadia Dandolo) (46)
(Marina Loddo) (49)
89
4  New Zealand 90
5  Canada 96
6  England 106
7  Norway 123
8  Ireland 167
Full results
  • Note: Athletes in parentheses did not score for the team result

Medal table (unofficial)[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 2 3 1 6
2  Soviet Union 1 1 1 3
3  Ethiopia 1 1 0 2
4  Norway 1 0 0 1
 Tunisia 1 0 0 1
6  England 0 1 0 1
7  Canada 0 0 1 1
 Italy 0 0 1 1
 Kenya 0 0 1 1
 Portugal 0 0 1 1
Total 6 6 6 18
  • Note: Totals include both individual and team medals, with medals in the team competition counting as one medal.

Participation[edit]

An unofficial count yields the participation of 460 athletes from 39 countries. This is in agreement with the official numbers as published.[6]

See also[edit]

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