2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships

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39th World Cross Country Championships
39th World Cross Country Championships
Organisers IAAF
Edition 39th
Date 20 March
Host city Punta Umbría, Andalucía, Spain Spain
Location Polideportivo Antonio Gil Hernández
Nations participating 51
Athletes participating 423
Races 4
Distances 12 km – Senior men
8 km – Senior women
8 km – Junior men
6 km – Junior women
Official website Punta Umbria 2011

The 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships took place on March 20, 2011. The races were held at the Polideportivo Antonio Gil Hernández in Punta Umbría, Spain.[1] Reports of the event were given for the IAAF.[2][3][4][5]

Preparation[edit]

The United States had expressed an interest in hosting the competition,[6] but Punta Umbria was chosen as the host at the IAAF Council Meeting in November 2009.[7] It will be the third occasion that Spain has hosted the competition, coming thirty years after Madrid held the 1981 edition.[8]

The course for the competition, set in a wooded area, has a 2 km loop format with an additional 600 m section for the start and finish of each race.[9] A number of top runners were invited to preview the course in early 2011 and all confirmed that they were pleased with its quality.[10] Defending champion Joseph Ebuya said he liked the course but suggested that organisers add additional barriers along the route, claiming its flat features would make it difficult for runners to devise a race strategy.[11]

Multiple world champion Kenenisa Bekele will not compete for a third year running, owing to his failure to return to fitness following a season-long calf injury.[12]

Qualification[edit]

Athletes can gain qualification into the World Championships through performances at either their national trials or through the following IAAF Permit Meetings:

Pre-race form[edit]

The 2010 champion Joseph Ebuya was not selected to defend his men's crown.

The results of the Kenyan Cross Country Championships ruled out the defending men's and women's champions (Joseph Ebuya and Emily Chebet) before the World Championships had begun: despite his strong form on the circuit that season, Ebuya dropped out of his national race, while an ankle injury prevented Chebet from gaining selection.[13]

Unlike previous years, no former champion was present in the line-up for the men's senior event at the World Championships. This left three East African national champions as some of the foremost contenders – Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai, Hunegnaw Mesfin of Ethiopia and Ugandan runner Moses Kipsiro. Teklemariam Medhin, a young Eritrean and runner-up in 2010, had also demonstrated strong form with wins on the Spanish cross country circuit. The men's team race was also anticipated to be a battle between these four East Africa nations.[8]

Past champions were similarly absent from the women's senior race. Linet Masai was one of principal protagonists once more, having been pipped into second place by a fellow Kenyan at both the 2009 and 2010 editions. One of her strongest rivals was yet again one of her countrywomen, this time in the form of track specialist Vivian Cheruiyot. Four-time long race bronze medallist Meselech Melkamu led the Ethiopian team, which included Genzebe Dibaba (sister of past winner Tirunesh) among its representatives. Aside from two others in the Kenyan team (Lineth Chepkurui and Pauline Korikwiang), American Shalane Flanagan and Bahrain's Maryam Yusuf Jamal were the remaining prominent names expected to challenge for the medals.[14]

In the junior races, the foremost runner was Isaiah Koech, who had set world junior indoor bests on the track in the months preceding the competition. A victory at the Kenyan junior race established him as a contender for the cross country title.[8] Although the Kenyan junior women team did not have a star name, it was favoured to defend its team title against the Ethiopian challengers in an event at which the country is traditionally strong.[14]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Events
20 March 11:30 Junior race women
12:00 Junior race men
12:45 Senior race women
13:40 Senior race men

Results[edit]

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

Complete results for senior men,[15][16][17] for senior men's teams,[18][19][20] were published.

For full event details see 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Senior men's race
Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time (m:s)
Gold medal icon.svg Imane Merga  Ethiopia 33:50
Silver medal icon.svg Paul Kipngetich Tanui  Kenya 33:52
Bronze medal icon.svg Vincent Kiprop Chepkok  Kenya 33:53
4 Mathew Kipkoech Kisorio  Kenya 33:55
5 Geoffrey Mutai  Kenya 34:03
6 Stephen Kiprotich  Uganda 34:07
7 Philemon Kimeli Limo  Kenya 34:21
8 Hunegnaw Mesfin  Ethiopia 34:25
9 Ali Hasan Mahboob  Bahrain 34:30
10 Hosea Mwok Macharinyang  Kenya 34:30
11 Moses Ndiema Kipsiro  Uganda 34:31
12 Dino Sefir  Ethiopia 34:35
Full results
Teams
Rank Team Points
Gold medal icon.svg  Kenya
Paul Kipngetich Tanui 2
Vincent Kiprop Chepkok 3
Mathew Kipkoech Kisorio 4
Geoffrey Kiprono Mutai 5
(Philemon Kimeli Limo) (7)
(Hosea Mwok Macharinyang) (10)
14
Silver medal icon.svg  Ethiopia
Imane Merga 1
Hunegnaw Mesfin 8
Dino Sefir 12
Feyisa Lilesa 17
(Belete Assefa) (46)
38
Bronze medal icon.svg  Uganda
Stephen Kiprotich 6
Moses Ndiema Kipsiro 11
Geofrey Kusuro 13
Dickson Huru 19
(Moses Kibet) (22)
49
4  Eritrea 95
5  South Africa 113
6  Bahrain 130
7  Algeria 150
8  Spain 150
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,[21][22][23] and for senior women's teams[24][25][26] were published.

For full event details see 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Senior women's race
Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time (m:s)
Gold medal icon.svg Vivian Cheruiyot  Kenya 24:58
Silver medal icon.svg Linet Masai  Kenya 25:07
Bronze medal icon.svg Shalane Flanagan  United States 25:10
4 Meselech Melkamu  Ethiopia 25:18
5 Priscah Jepleting Cherono  Kenya 25:20
6 Wude Ayalew  Ethiopia 25:21
7 Pauline Chemning Korikwiang  Kenya 25:26
8 Lineth Chepkurui  Kenya 25:28
9 Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia 25:36
10 Belaynesh Oljira  Ethiopia 25:40
11 Hiwot Ayalew  Ethiopia 25:42
12 Shitaye Eshete  Bahrain 25:53
Full results
Teams
Rank Team Points
Gold medal icon.svg  Kenya
Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot 1
Linet Chepkwemoi Masai 2
Priscah Jepleting Cherono 5
Pauline Chemning Korikwiang 7
(Lineth Chepkurui) (8)
(Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet) (13)
15
Silver medal icon.svg  Ethiopia
Meselech Melkamu 4
Wude Ayalew 6
Genzebe Dibaba 9
Beleynesh Oljira 10
(Hiwot Ayalew) (11)
(Merima Mohammed) (15)
29
Bronze medal icon.svg  United States
Shalane Flanagan 3
Molly Huddle 17
Magdalena Lewy-Boulet 18
Blake Russell 19
(Alisa McKaig) (28)
(Lisa Koll) (40)
57
4  Bahrain 87
5  United Kingdom 118
6  Uganda 148
7  Japan 160
8  Spain 180
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[27][28][29] and for junior men's teams[30][31][32] were published.

For full event details see 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Junior men's race
Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time (m:s)
Gold medal icon.svg Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor  Kenya 22:21
Silver medal icon.svg Thomas Ayeko  Uganda 22:27
Bronze medal icon.svg Patrick Mutunga Mwikya  Kenya 22:32
4 Bonsa Dida  Ethiopia 22:39
5 Fikadu Haftu  Ethiopia 22:43
6 James Gitahi Rungaru  Kenya 22:43
7 Muktar Edris  Ethiopia 22:44
8 Yitayal Atnafu  Ethiopia 22:53
9 Jacob Araptany  Uganda 23:03
10 Isaiah Kiplangat Koech  Kenya 23:10
11 Tesfaye Cheru  Ethiopia 23:16
12 Samson Gebreyohannes  Eritrea 23:18
Full results
Teams
Rank Team Points
Gold medal icon.svg  Kenya
Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor 1
Patrick Mutunga Mwikya 3
James Gitahi Rungaru 6
Isiah Kiplangat Koech 10
(Philemon Kipchumba Yator) (13)
(Justine Kiprop Cheruiyot) (14)
20
Silver medal icon.svg  Ethiopia
Bonsa Dida 4
Fikadu Haftu 5
Muktar Edris 7
Yitayal Atnafu 8
(Tesfaye Cheru) (11)
(Teshome Tafese) (19)
24
Bronze medal icon.svg  Uganda
Thomas Ayeko 2
Jacob Araptany 9
Peter Kibet 15
Phillip Kipyego 24
(Daniel Rotich) (25)
50
4  Eritrea 65
5  Morocco 106
6  South Africa 123
7  Japan 148
8  United States 153
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[33][34][35] and for junior women's teams[36][37][38] were published.

For full event details see 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Junior women's race
Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time (m:s)
Gold medal icon.svg Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon  Kenya 18:53
Silver medal icon.svg Genet Yalew  Ethiopia 18:54
Bronze medal icon.svg Azemra Gebru  Ethiopia 18:54
4 Waganesh Mekasha  Ethiopia 18:59
5 Janeth Kisa  Kenya 19:08
6 Nancy Chepkwemoi  Kenya 19:20
7 Purity Cherotich Rionoripo  Kenya 19:24
8 Emebet Anteneh  Ethiopia 19:29
9 Brillian Jepkorir Kipkoech  Kenya 19:33
10 Buze Diriba  Ethiopia 19:34
11 Alem Mokonnin  Ethiopia 19:39
12 Katsuki Suga  Japan 19:49
Full results
Teams
Rank Team Points
Gold medal icon.svg  Ethiopia
Genet Yalew 2
Azemra Gebru 3
Waganesh Mekasha 4
Emebet Anteneh 8
(Buze Diriba) (10)
(Alem Mokonnin) (11)
17
Silver medal icon.svg  Kenya
Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon 1
Janeth Kisa 5
Nancy Chepkwemoi 6
Purity Cherotich Rionoripo 7
(Brillian Jepkorir Kipkoech) (9)
(Naom Chepngeno Mitei) (16)
19
Bronze medal icon.svg  Japan
Katsuki Suga 12
Tomoka Kimura 13
Yuriko Kosaki 23
Risa Yokoe 27
(Risa Shibuya) (30)
(Natsumi Yoshida) (34)
75
4  Eritrea 89
5  United Kingdom 106
6  Uganda 110
7  United States 144
8  Morocco 146
Full results
  • Note: Athletes in parentheses did not score for the team result.

Medal table (unofficial)[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Kenya 6 3 2 11
2  Ethiopia 2 4 1 7
3  Uganda 0 1 2 3
4  United States 0 0 2 2
5  Japan 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, 423 athletes from 51 countries participated. This is in agreement with the official numbers as published.[1] The announced athletes of  Iraq and  Nigeria did not show.[15][16][17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

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