2010 European Cross Country Championships

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2010 European Cross Country Championships
2010 European Cross Country Championships
The men's race
Organisers EAA
Edition 17th
Date 12 December
Host city Albufeira, Portugal Portugal
Nations participating 34
Athletes participating 468
Races 6
Distances 9870 m – Men
8170 m – Women
8170 m – U23 men
6070 m – U23 women
6070 m – Junior men
3970 m – Junior women
Official website Albufeira2010

The 2010 European Cross Country Championships was a continental cross country running competition that took place on 12 December in Albufeira, Portugal. It was the second time that the country hosted the event, building upon the 1997 edition held in Oeiras.

Serhiy Lebid won the men's race for his ninth victory of the championship – a record for the competition. France took the men's team title. Jessica Augusto comprehensively won the women's race for the host nation and also led the Portuguese team to a team gold medal. At total of 468 athletes from a record number of 34 nations competed at the event.[1]

Competition[edit]

Preparation[edit]

The race took place on a purpose-built course near the city, which also hosts the annual Almond Blossom Cross Country. Albufeira was chosen as the host at the 120th European Athletics Council Meeting in October 2008, defeating a rival bid from Velenje (which was chosen for the 2011 edition instead).[2]

Hayley Yelling entered the race as the defending women's champion while Alemayehu Bezabeh, the reigning men's champion, did not take part in the competition.[3] High-profile investigations into doping in Spain immediately preceded the championships and Bezabeh was among the athletes implicated in Operación Galgo.[4][5] As both the reigning champion and the 2009 silver medallist Mo Farah were absent, the men's race was seen as a relatively open competition, with Ukrainian Serhiy Lebid, Spanish runners Ayad Lamdassem and Jesús España being the foremost protagonists.[6] The withdrawal of Rosa Morató (runner-up in 2009) left Jessica Augusto as the provisional favourite for the women's race.[7] Forming a strong team, three other Portuguese runners (Ana Dulce Félix, Marisa Barros and Sara Moreira) were expected to challenge for medals, as were Yelling and Adriënne Herzog (also directly implicated in Operación Galgo), who was third the previous year.[6][8]

Races[edit]

The men's race remained relatively tight until the final lap. Six men were on equal footing at the bell: Lebid, Lamdassem, French duo Morhad Amdouni and Abdellatif Meftah, and Rui Pedro Silva and Yousef El Kalai, both representing the hosts. Lamdassem was the first to move away from the pack, seizing the lead, and only Lebid followed. The Ukrainian overhauled Lamdassem in the final stages and maintained a clear lead to win his ninth title – a record for the competition. Lamdassem just held off a late sprint from El Kalai to take the runner-up spot. Meftah and Amdouni finished shortly after for fourth and fifth, leading the French men to a team victory.[9][10]

Jessica Augusto made her gold medal intentions known as she took the lead in the opening stages. The Portuguese athlete never relinquished the position and produced a largely unrivalled, solo performance. Spaniard Alessandra Aguilar shadowed her in the middle part of the race but later dropped out of contention. With Augusto clear in front, Binnaz Uslu, Ana Dulce Félix, Fionnuala Britton and Tetyana Holovchenko battled for the minor medals in the second half of the race. Félix and Uslu fought for the runner-up spot with the Turk eventually winning out. Augusto's lead was so significant that she slowed and celebrated throughout the home straight, still crossing the line with a five second advantage. Félix took the bronze just ahead Britton, helping the Portuguese women to the team gold medal, and Holovchenko rounded out the top five.[9][11]

Hassan Chahdi of France took the men's under-23 title while Ethiopian-born Meryem Erdoğan won the women's under-23 section for Turkey. The junior races were won by Abdelaziz Merzougui and Charlotte Purdue.[12][13][14][15]

Race results[edit]

Senior men[edit]

Serhiy Lebid took the men's title for a record ninth time.
Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time (m:s)
Gold medal icon.svg Serhiy Lebid  Ukraine 29:15
Silver medal icon.svg Ayad Lamdassem  Spain 29:18
Bronze medal icon.svg Yousef El Kalai  Portugal 29:19
4 Abdellatif Meftah  France 29:21
5 Morhad Amdouni  France 29:21
6 Andrea Lalli  Italy 29:28
7 Eduardo Mbengani  Portugal 29:29
8 Rui Pedro Silva  Portugal 29:32
9 Jesús España  Spain 29:32
10 Mokhtar Benhari  France 29:34
11 Yevgeniy Rybakov  Russia 29:35
12 Steffen Uliczka  Germany 29:36
Rui Pedro Silva was eighth and earned a team silver with Portugal.
Team race
Rank Team Points
Gold medal icon.svg  France
Meftah
Amdouni
Benhari
Driss El Himer
33
Silver medal icon.svg  Portugal
El Kalai
Mbengani
Rui Pedro Silva
Rui Silva
35
Bronze medal icon.svg  Spain
Lamdassem
España
Ricardo Serrano
Francisco Javier López
58
4  Italy 96
5  United Kingdom 99
6  Russia 106
7  Ireland 142
8  Denmark 181
  • Totals: 75 entrants, 74 starters, 71 finishers, 10 teams.[16]

Senior women[edit]

Race winner Jessica Augusto also led Portugal to the team title.
Sara Moreira was one of five Portuguese women in the top ten.
Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time (m:s)
Gold medal icon.svg Jéssica Augusto  Portugal 26:52
Silver medal icon.svg Binnaz Uslu  Turkey 26:57
Bronze medal icon.svg Ana Dulce Félix  Portugal 26:59
4 Fionnuala Britton  Ireland 26:59
5 Tetyana Holovchenko  Ukraine 27:04
6 Marisa Barros  Portugal 27:06
7 Hatti Dean  United Kingdom 27:08
8 Alessandra Aguilar  Spain 27:09
9 Sara Moreira  Portugal 27:26
10 Ana Dias  Portugal 27:27
11 Fatiha Klilech-Fauvel  France 27:27
12 Maria Sig Møller  Denmark 27:31
The Spanish team was led to the bronze by Alessandra Aguilar.
Team race
Rank Team Points
Gold medal icon.svg  Portugal
Augusto
Félix
Barros
Moreira
19
Silver medal icon.svg  United Kingdom
Dean
Louise Damen
Stephanie Twell
Helen Clitheroe
65
Bronze medal icon.svg  Spain
Aguilar
Diana Martín
Nuria Fernández
Irene Pelayo
72
4  France 79
5  Russia 101
6  Ireland 132
7  Italy 147
  • Totals: 49 entrants, 49 starters, 47 finishers, 7 teams.[17]

Under-23 men[edit]

Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time (m:s)
Gold medal icon.svg Hassan Chahdi  France 24:11
Silver medal icon.svg Florian Carvalho  France 24:14
Bronze medal icon.svg Yegor Nikolayev  Russia 24:15
4 Jeroen d'Hoedt  Belgium 24:23
5 Ricardo Mateus  Portugal 24:25
6 Siarhei Platonau  Belarus 24:28
7 Tiago Costa  Portugal 24:32
8 Sindre Buraas  Norway 24:34
9 Ricky Stevenson  United Kingdom 24:34
10 Florian Orth  Germany 24:44
11 David McCarthy  Ireland 24:46
12 Sebastián Martos  Spain 24:47
Team race
Rank Team Points
Gold medal icon.svg  Ireland
McCarthy
Brendan O'Neill
Michael Mulhare
David Rooney
60
Silver medal icon.svg  France
Chahdi
Carvalho
Abdelatif Hadjam
Etienne Diemunsch
78
Bronze medal icon.svg  Spain
Martos
Antonia Abadía
Javier García
Víctor Corrales
79
4  United Kingdom 104
5  Norway 112
6  Belgium 114
7  Portugal 133
8  Germany 134
  • Totals: 102 entrants, 102 starters, 96 finishers, 16 teams.[18]

Under-23 women[edit]

Finland's Sandra Eriksson was sixth in the under-23 race.
Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time (m:s)
Gold medal icon.svg Meryem Erdoğan  Turkey 20:08
Silver medal icon.svg Cristina Jordán  Spain 20:17
Bronze medal icon.svg Emma Pallant  United Kingdom 20:28
4 Ganna Nosenko  Ukraine 20:36
5 Roxana Birca  Romania 20:39
6 Sandra Eriksson  Finland 20:41
7 Nathalie Gray  United Kingdom 20:43
8 Viktoriya Pogorielska  Ukraine 20:46
9 Yektarina Gorbunova  Russia 20:46
10 Lucie Sekanová  Czech Republic 20:47
11 Patricia Laubertie  France 20:47
12 Natalya Vlasova  Russia 20:47
Team race
Rank Team Points
Gold medal icon.svg  United Kingdom
Pallant
Gray
Emily Pidgeon
Sarah Waldron
47
Silver medal icon.svg  Russia
Gorbunova
Vlasova
Lyudmila Lebedeva
Alfiya Khasanova
49
Bronze medal icon.svg  Ukraine
Nosenko
Pogorielska
Olga Skrypak
Lyudmyla Kovalenko
65
4  Spain 94
5  Germany 107
6  Portugal 117
7  France 118
8  Poland 194
  • Totals: 65 entrants, 64 starters, 61 finishers, 8 teams.[19]

Junior men[edit]

Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time (m:s)
Gold medal icon.svg Abdelaziz Merzougui  Spain 18:07
Silver medal icon.svg Nemanja Cerovac  Serbia 18:07
Bronze medal icon.svg Rui Pinto  Portugal 18:09
4 Ivan Strebkov  Ukraine 18:09
5 Sondre Nordstad Moen  Norway 18:16
6 Andrey Rusakov  Russia 18:18
7 Jesper van der Wielen  Netherlands 18:19
8 Sándor Szábo  Hungary 18:23
9 Marek Kowalski  Poland 18:25
10 Ryan Saunders  United Kingdom 18:27
11 Romain Collenot-Spriet  France 18:31
12 Shane Quinn  Ireland 18:31
Team race
Rank Team Points
Gold medal icon.svg  United Kingdom
Saunders
Jonathan Hay
John McDonnell
Andrew Combs
62
Silver medal icon.svg  Portugal
Pinto
Emanuel Rolim
José Costa
Nuno Santos
74
Bronze medal icon.svg  Russia
Rusakov
Victor Saenko
Ilgizar Safiulin
Nikolai Lialikov
85
4  France 88
5  Ireland 120
6  Ukraine 130
7  Spain 145
8  Belgium 155
  • Totals: 104 entrants, 104 starters, 99 finishers, 17 teams.[20]

Junior women[edit]

Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time (m:s)
Gold medal icon.svg Charlotte Purdue  United Kingdom 12:42
Silver medal icon.svg Amela Terzić  Serbia 12:59
Bronze medal icon.svg Emelia Gorecka  United Kingdom 13:00
4 Gulshat Fazlitdinova  Russia 13:03
5 Corrina Harrer  Germany 13:08
6 Zenobie Vangansbeke  Belgium 13:09
7 Ciara Mageean  Ireland 13:16
8 Ioana Doaga  Romania 13:18
9 Lily Partridge  United Kingdom 13:19
10 Annabel Gummow  United Kingdom 13:19
11 Gesa Krause  Germany 13:22
12 Kate Avery  United Kingdom 13:24
Team race
Rank Team Points
Gold medal icon.svg  United Kingdom
Purdue
Gorecka
Partridge
Gummow
23
Silver medal icon.svg  Germany
Harrer
Krause
Maya Rehberg
Jannika John
53
Bronze medal icon.svg  Romania
Doaga
Mirela Lavric
Anca Maria Bunea
Dana Elena Login
64
4  Turkey 99
5  Belgium 103
6  Italy 128
7  Spain 149
8  Portugal 165
  • Totals: 76 entrants, 75 starters, 74 finishers, 11 teams.[21]

Total medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United Kingdom 4 1 2 7
2  Portugal 2 2 3 7
3  France 2 2 0 4
4  Spain 1 2 3 6
5  Turkey 1 1 0 2
6  Ukraine 1 0 1 2
7  Ireland 1 0 0 1
8  Serbia 0 2 0 2
9  Russia 0 1 2 3
10  Germany 0 1 0 1
11  Romania 0 0 1 1
Total 12 12 12 36
  • Note: Totals include both individual and team medals, with medals in the team competition counting as one medal.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Albufeira (POR) & Velenje (SLO) to host the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in 2010 & 2011 . European Athletics (2008-10-04). Retrieved on 2010-12-12.
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  6. ^ a b Purdue carries Britain's hopes while question mark hangs over Spanish entries. Athletics Weekly (2010-12-11). Retrieved on 2010-12-12.
  7. ^ Spain’s Morató out of SPAR European Cross Country Championships. European Athletics (2010-12-08). Retrieved on 2010-12-12.
  8. ^ Minshull, Phil (2010-12-10). Lebid and Yelling-Higham looking for old gold at European XC Champs - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-12-12.
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  10. ^ SENIOR MEN'S FINAL: Lebid leaves it late but triumphs again. European Athletics (2010-12-12). Retrieved on 2010-12-12.
  11. ^ SENIOR WOMEN'S FINAL: Portugal’s Augusto dominates to take gold. European Athletics (2010-12-12). Retrieved on 2010-12-12.
  12. ^ UNDER 23 MEN'S FINAL: Chahdi and Carvalho make the predictions come true. European Athletics (2010-12-12). Retrieved on 2010-12-12.
  13. ^ UNDER 23 WOMEN'S FINAL: Turkey’s Erdogan fulfils her role as favourite. European Athletics (2010-12-12). Retrieved on 2010-12-12.
  14. ^ JUNIOR MEN'S FINAL: Merzougui ends Spain’s 12-year medal drought. European Athletics (2010-12-12). Retrieved on 2010-12-12.
  15. ^ JUNIOR WOMEN'S FINAL: Purdue finally makes it to the top of the podium. European Athletics (2010-12-12). Retrieved on 2010-12-12.
  16. ^ Senior Men – Results. European Athletics (2010-12-12). Retrieved on 2010-12-12.
  17. ^ Senior Women – Results. European Athletics (2010-12-12). Retrieved on 2010-12-12.
  18. ^ Under-23 Men – Results. European Athletics (2010-12-12). Retrieved on 2010-12-12.
  19. ^ Under-23 Women – Results. European Athletics (2010-12-12). Retrieved on 2010-12-12.
  20. ^ Junior Men – Results. European Athletics (2010-12-12). Retrieved on 2010-12-12.
  21. ^ Junior Women – Results. European Athletics (2010-12-12). Retrieved on 2010-12-12.

External links[edit]

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