2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships

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2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships
2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships
Organisers IAAF
Edition 35th
Date March 24
Host city Mombasa, Kenya Kenya
Location Mombasa Golf Course
Nations participating 63
Athletes participating 470
Races 4
Distances 12 km – Senior men
8 km – Junior men
8 km – Senior women
6 km – Junior women

The 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships took place on March 24, 2007. The races were held at the Mombasa Golf Course in Mombasa, Kenya.[1] Four races took place, one for men, women, junior men and junior women respectively. All races encompassed both individual and team competition. The short race for men and women that was run between 1998 and 2006 was scrapped and the World Cross Country Championships went back to one-day format. Reports of the event were given in the Herald,[2] and for the IAAF.[3][4][5]

Preparations[edit]

When Athletics Kenya (AK, the national governing body of Athletics) applied for the event, it used the slogan "Cross Country Comes Home", referring to Kenyan and East African traditional dominance at the event. Nevertheless, no formidable Kenyan runners are known to come from Kenyan Coast Province. Instead, successful Kenyan runners typically represent Kalenjin tribes who reside in western Kenya, approximately 700-800 kilometres from Mombasa. AK chose Mombasa as a venue due to better infrastructure (such as hotels) compared to other cities. The 2007 World Cross Country Championships is one of the biggest international athletics event held in Kenya since the 1987 All-Africa Games, held 20 years ago in Nairobi. Another event held in Kenya was the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

Other applicants for the event were Miami in the United States and Madrid in Spain, both withdrew their candidature before final vote.[6] The World Cross Country Championships have been held in Africa three times before. In 1975 and 1998 it was held in Morocco, the 1996 event took place in South Africa.

There was also an IAAF Council meeting held in Mombasa, at which the host cities for 2011 and 2013 IAAF World Championships in Athletics were selected.

Track and conditions[edit]

Mombasa, the host, is the second largest city in Kenya, a major port town and tourist center. The event was held at Mombasa Golf Club, located in Mombasa Island, just east of the Kilindini Harbour. The track was curvy but relatively flat. The underlying ground was mostly grass.

The weather was sunny, hot and humid, typical of Mombasa, resulting in exhausting conditions. This kind of weather may affect competitors who hail from distant latitudes, but also Kenyan and Ethiopian runners, who often come from cooler highland areas. One victim was Pauline Korikwiang, Kenyan runner who was attempting to defend her junior women's title but fainted one kilometer before the finishing line.

Medallists[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual
Senior men
(12 km)
Zersenay Tadese
 Eritrea
35:50 Moses Mosop
 Kenya
36:13 Bernard Kiprop Kipyego
 Kenya
36:37
Junior men
(8 km)
Asbel Kiprop
 Kenya
24:07 Vincent Kiprop Chepkok
 Kenya
24:12 Mathew Kipkoech Kisorio
 Kenya
24:23
Senior women
(8 km)
Lornah Kiplagat
 Netherlands
26:23 Tirunesh Dibaba
 Ethiopia
26:47 Meselech Melkamu
 Ethiopia
26:48
Junior women
(6 km)
Linet Chepkwemoi Barasa
 Kenya
20:52 Mercy Jelimo Kosgei
 Kenya
20:59 Veronica Nyaruai Wanjiru
 Kenya
21:10
Team
Senior men  Kenya 29  Morocco 152  Uganda 191
Junior men  Kenya 10  Eritrea 44  Ethiopia 54
Senior women  Ethiopia 19  Kenya 26  Morocco 99
Junior women  Kenya 13  Eritrea 33  Ethiopia 36

Race results[edit]

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

Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, who has won five consecutive long and short course races, promised to quit cross country running after the 2006 World Championships. However, he changed his mind and competed in Mombasa after all.[7] A pre-race favourite, Bekele did not finish the race and thus failed to win historical sixth consecutive title.

Zersenay Tadese won the event and became the first cross-country world champion for Eritrea. Tadese is also the 2006 IAAF World Road Running Championships men's gold medalist.

Complete results for senior men[8][9][10][11] and for senior men's teams[8][12][13][14] were published.

For full event details see 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Senior men's race
Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Zersenay Tadese  Eritrea 35:50
2 Moses Mosop  Kenya 36:13
3 Bernard Kiprop Kipyego  Kenya 36:37
4 Gideon Ngatuny  Kenya 36:43
5 Hosea Mwok Macharinyang  Kenya 36:46
6 Michael Kipyego  Kenya 37:04
7 Tadese Tola  Ethiopia 37:04
8 Mubarak Hassan Shami  Qatar 37:09
9 Edwin Cheruiyot Soi  Kenya 37:27
10 Martin Kitiyo Toroitich  Uganda 37:31
11 Mohammed Farah  United Kingdom 37:31
12 Ahmad Hassan Abdullah  Qatar 37:37
Full results
Teams
Rank Team Points
1  Kenya
Moses Mosop 2
Bernard Kiprop Kipyego 3
Gideon Ngatuny 4
Hosea Mwok Macharinyang 5
Michael Kipyego 6
Edwin Cheruiyot Soi 9
(Simon Koros Arusei) (19)
(Barnabas Kiplagat Kosgei) (34)
(Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong) (DNF)
29
2  Morocco
Anis Selmouni 14
Ahmed Baday 18
Abderrahim Goumri 21
Abdelhadi El Mouaziz 31
Mourad Marofit 33
Brahim Beloua 35
(Mourad El Bannouri) (69)
(Khalid El Amri) (DNF)
(Mohammed Amyn) (DNF)
152
3  Uganda
Martin Kitiyo Toroitich 10
Moses Aliwa 20
Isaac Kiprop 26
Wilson Kipkemei Busienei 37
James Kibet 39
Francis Musani 59
(Richard Soibei) (61)
(Boniface Kiprop) (DNF)
(Moses Kipsiro) (DNF)
191
4  Eritrea 208
5  Qatar 243
6  Tanzania 313
7  Rwanda 358
8  United Kingdom 380
Full results
  • Note: Athletes in parentheses did not score for the team result.

Junior men's race (8 km)[edit]

Complete results for junior men[15][16][17][18] and for junior men's teams[15][19][20][21] were published.

For full event details see 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Junior men's race
Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Asbel Kiprop  Kenya 24:07
2 Vincent Kiprop Chepkok  Kenya 24:12
3 Mathew Kipkoech Kisorio  Kenya 24:23
4 Leonard Patrick Komon  Kenya 24:25
5 Benjamin Kiplagat  Uganda 24:31
6 Issak Sibhatu  Eritrea 24:38
7 Imane Merga  Ethiopia 24:41
8 Samuel Tsegay  Eritrea 24:42
9 Tonny Wamulwa  Zambia 24:43
10 Geofrey Kusuro  Uganda 24:48
11 Nicholas Mulinge Makau  Kenya 24:50
12 Demssew Tsega  Ethiopia 24:52
Full results
Teams
Rank Team Points
1  Kenya
Asbel Kiprop 1
Vincent Kiprop Chepkok 2
Mathew Kipkoech Kisorio 3
Leonard Patrick Komon 4
(Nicholas Mulinge Makau) (11)
(Paul Muteru Kuria) (DNF)
10
2  Eritrea
Issak Sibhatu 6
Samuel Tsegay 8
Teklemariam Medhin 14
Amanuel Mesel 16
(Tsegai Tewelde) (17)
44
3  Ethiopia
Imane Merga 7
Demssew Tsega 12
Abreham Cherkos 15
Tola Bane 20
(Habtamu Fikadu) (28)
(Ibrahim Jeilan) (DNF)
54
4  Uganda 55
5  Burundi 102
6  Tanzania 104
7  Morocco 134
8  Sudan 176
Full results
  • Note: Athletes in parentheses did not score for the team result.

Senior women's race (8 km)[edit]

Complete results for senior women[22][23][24][25] and for senior women's teams[22][26][27][28] were published.

For full event details see 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Senior women's race
Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Lornah Kiplagat  Netherlands 26:23
2 Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia 26:47
3 Meselech Melkamu  Ethiopia 26:48
4 Gelete Burika  Ethiopia 26:55
5 Florence Jebet Kiplagat  Kenya 27:26
6 Pamela Chepchumba  Kenya 27:34
7 Priscah Jepleting Ngetich  Kenya 27:39
8 Vivian Cheruiyot  Kenya 28:10
9 Simret Sultan  Eritrea 28:16
10 Wude Ayalew  Ethiopia 28:18
11 Zhor El Kamch  Morocco 28:20
12 Jéssica Augusto  Portugal 28:21
Full results
Teams
Rank Team Points
1  Ethiopia
Tirunesh Dibaba 2
Meselech Melkamu 3
Gelete Burika 4
Wude Ayalew 10
(Koren Jelela) (19)
(Mestawet Tufa) (47)
19
2  Kenya
Florence Jebet Kiplagat 5
Pamela Chepchumba 6
Priscah Jepleting Ngetich 7
Vivian Cheruiyot 8
(Fridah Chepkemoi Domongole) (13)
(Emily Chebet) (DNF)
26
3  Morocco
Zhor El Kamch 11
Mariem Alaoui Selsouli 17
Hanane Ouhaddou 33
Malika Benlafkir 38
(Saïda El Mehdi) (50)
(Bouchra Chaâbi) (DNF)
99
4  Spain 135
5  United Kingdom 140
6  Australia 154
7  Eritrea 162
8  United States 176
Full results
  • Note: Athletes in parentheses did not score for the team result.

Junior women's race (6 km)[edit]

Complete results for junior women[29][30][31][32] and for junior women's teams[29][33][34][35] were published.

For full event details see 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Junior women's race
Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time
1 Linet Chepkwemoi Barasa  Kenya 20:52
2 Mercy Jelimo Kosgei  Kenya 20:59
3 Veronica Nyaruai Wanjiru  Kenya 21:10
4 Sule Utura  Ethiopia 21:13
5 Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia 21:23
6 Meraf Bahta  Eritrea 21:24
7 Gladys Jepkemoi Chemweno  Kenya 21:27
8 Furtuna Zegergish  Eritrea 21:31
9 Kokob Mehari  Eritrea 21:50
10 Yodit Mehari  Eritrea 21:51
11 Misato Tomoeda  Japan 21:51
12 Marie Imada  Japan 21:54
Full results
Teams
Rank Team Points
1  Kenya
Linet Chepkwemoi Barasa 1
Mercy Jelimo Kosgei 2
Veronica Nyaruai Wanjiru 3
Gladys Jepkemoi Chemweno 7
(Mercy Cherono) (23)
(Pauline Chemning Korikwiang) (DNF)
13
2  Eritrea
Meraf Bahta 6
Furtuna Zegergish 8
Kokob Mehari 9
Yodit Mehari 10
33
3  Ethiopia
Sule Utura 4
Genzebe Dibaba 5
Abebu Gelan 13
Bizunesh Urgesa 14
(Aberu Kebede) (16)
(Emebt Etea) (19)
36
4  Japan 61
5  United Kingdom 96
6  Uganda 121
7  Morocco 148
8  Burundi 155
Full results
  • Note: Athletes in parentheses did not score for the team result.

Medal table (unofficial)[edit]

  The host country is highlighted in lavender blue
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Kenya 5 4 3 12
2  Eritrea 1 2 0 3
3  Ethiopia 1 1 3 5
4  Netherlands 1 0 0 1
5  Morocco 0 1 1 2
6  Uganda 0 0 1 1
Total 8 8 8 24
  • Note: Totals include both individual and team medals, with medals in the team competition counting as one medal.

Participation[edit]

According to an unofficial count, 470 athletes from 63 countries participated. This is in agreement with the official numbers as published.[1] The announced athletes from the  Democratic Republic of the Congo and  Somalia did not show.[9][10][11][16][17][18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b IAAF WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS - BYDGOSZCZ 2013 - FACTS & FIGURES, IAAF, p. 2, retrieved November 4, 2013 
  2. ^ Farah defies heat to stay in the hunt, Herald, March 25, 2007, retrieved November 4, 2013 
  3. ^ Ramsak, Bob (March 24, 2007), Tadesse takes upset victory as Bekele registers a ‘DNF’ - Mombasa 2007, IAAF, retrieved November 4, 2013 
  4. ^ Ramsak, Bob (March 24, 2007), Kenya's junior monopoly - Mombasa 2007, IAAF, retrieved November 4, 2013 
  5. ^ Martin, Dave (March 24, 2007), Kiplagat rampant in victory - Mombasa 2007, IAAF, retrieved November 4, 2013 
  6. ^ People's Daily Online, September 13, 2005 Kenya's hope high to host 2007 World Cross-country Champ
  7. ^ IAAF, March 7, 2007:Bekele and Burka included in Ethiopia’s team for Mombasa
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  28. ^ 35th IAAF World Cross Country Championships - Mombasa - Saturday 24 March 2007 - Senior Race - Women - Team Standings, IAAF, March 24, 2007, retrieved November 4, 2013 
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External links[edit]

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