2013 European Cross Country Championships
|2013 European Cross Country Championships|
|Host city||Belgrade, Serbia|
|Distances||9.880 km – Men
8.050 km – Women
8.050 km – U23 men
6.025 km – U23 women
6.025 km – Junior men
4.000 km – Junior women
The 2013 European Cross Country Championships was the 20th edition of the cross country running competition for European athletes which was held in Belgrade, Serbia, on 8 December 2013. The senior individual winners were Alemayehu Bezabeh of Spain and Sophie Duarte of France. A record 571 runners from 37 nations entered the competition, making it Serbia's largest international athletics event in over forty years.
In the women's senior race Ireland's Fionnuala Britton was the defending champion, but she failed to win a third straight title and ended the race in fourth. Sophie Duarte took the lead in the penultimate lap and ran on her own over the last lap to take her first European gold medal at the age of 32. The 2011 minor medallists Ana Dulce Félix of Portugal and Great Britain's Gemma Steel closely raced each other in the final lap, with the British runner gaining the edge over the Portuguese on this occasion. Steel headed the British women to the team title, while Duarte led France to second and Spain took the bronze medals.
Andrea Lalli entered the men's senior race as champion and fellow 2012 medallists Hassan Chahdi and Daniele Meucci were also present. None of the three reached the podium on this occasion. The leading pack was soon whittled to two runners: 2009 champion Alemayehu Bezabeh and (despite an early fall) Polat Kemboi Arıkan of Turkey. Bezabeh extended his lead to over twenty seconds by the time he crossed the finish line. Arıkan was a clear second and British athlete Andy Vernon produced a fast finish to edge Belgium's Jeroen D'Hoedt to the bronze medal. Bezabeh headed up the Spanish team victory, followed by D'Hoedt's Belgium and Vernon's British side.
In the under-23 races Pieter-Jan Hannes of Belgium won the men's race and Great Britain topped the team rankings. Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands was dominant in the women's under-23 race, where the British under-23 team easily won the team gold with five women in the top eight. The junior men's race saw Turkey's Ali Kaya come out on top in a two-man race against Belgium's Isaac Kimeli. Women's junior champion Emelia Gorecka won a fourth straight junior team title for Great Britain and also her fourth straight podium finish (she previously won the title in 2011). She was unrivalled and won by a margin of ten seconds.
Three of the six event winners (Alemayehu Bezabeh, Sifan Hassan and Ali Kaya) were born in East Africa and gained European citizenship. Three of the individual silver medallists were also born outside of Europe: Arıkan in the men's senior race, Kimeli in the men's junior race, and Sofia Ennaoui in the women's junior race. This prompted concern of growing African participation in the European event – the falling interest in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, partly due to a prolonged period of African dominance of the competition, had recently led to the world event being reduced to a biennial event. Excitement over Bezabeh's large margin of victory was also tempered by discussion of his doping ban stemming from Operación Galgo, which had expired at the beginning of the year.
|Polat Kemboi Arıkan||Turkey||29:32|
|Andy Vernon||Great Britain||29:35|
|10||El Hassane Ben Lkhainouch||France||29:56|
|12||Tom Farrell||Great Britain||29:59|
Antonio Dávid Jímenez
Abdelhadi El Hachimi
| Great Britain
|Gemma Steel||Great Britain||26:39|
|5||Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal||Norway||26:52|
|7||Julia Bleasdale||Great Britain||27:02|
|9||Carla Salomé Rocha||Portugal||27:13|
|10||Iris Maria Fuentes-Pila||Spain||27:17|
|11||Lauren Howarth||Great Britain||27:18|
| Great Britain
|5||Luke Caldwell||Great Britain||24:13|
|7||Callum Hawkins||Great Britain||24:18|
|12||Jonathan Hay||Great Britain||24:24|
| Great Britain
|Charlotte Purdue||Great Britain||19:49|
|4||Kate Avery||Great Britain||19:56|
|5||Lily Partridge||Great Britain||20:10|
|7||Rhona Auckland||Great Britain||20:25|
|8||Laura Weightman||Great Britain||20:28|
| Great Britain
Irene Van Lieshout
Marlin Van Hal
|4||Jonathan Davies||Great Britain||18:06|
Maxime Hueber Moosbrugger
|Emelia Gorecka||Great Britain||13:06|
|4||Georgia Taylor-Brown||Great Britain||13:31|
|8||Bobby Clay||Great Britain||13:40|
|9||Emine Hatun Tuna||Turkey||13:40|
|11||Jessica Gibbon||Great Britain||13:41|
| Great Britain
- Results by date
- President Wirz celebrates the cross country movement. European Athletics (2013-12-07). Retrieved on 2013-12-16.
- Britton has Belgrade - and only Belgrade - on her mind. European Athletics (2013-12-07). Retrieved on 2013-12-16.
- Mulkeen, Jon (2013-12-08). Third time lucky for Duarte at European Cross as Bezabeh regains title. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-12-16.
- Duarte is the toast of France. European Athletics (2013-12-08). Retrieved on 2013-12-16.
- Chahdi and Meucci return for the grand finale. European Athletics (2012-12-07). Retrieved on 2013-12-16.
- Bezabeh runs away to victory as Arikan recovers in style. European Athletics (2013-12-08). Retrieved on 2013-12-16.
- Hannes shows what he is made of. European Athletics (2013-12-08). Retrieved on 2013-12-16.
- Hassan's Dutch delight as Terzic brings joy to Serbia. European Athletics (2013-12-08). Retrieved on 2013-12-16.
- Kaya's late speed takes him to gold in a thriller. European Athletics (2013-12-08). Retrieved on 2013-12-16.
- Gorecka strolls away to win gold again. European Athletics (2013-12-08). Retrieved on 2013-12-16.
- Foley, Cliona (2013-12-09). Irish runners call for halt to African recruitment by European countries. The Irish Independent. Retrieved on 2013-12-16.
- Kelly, Feidhlim (2013-12-10). European Cross Conundrum. Jumping the Gun. Retrieved on 2013-12-16.
- MacKay, Duncan (2013-12-08). Spanish drugs cheat wins European Cross Country title by biggest margin for nine years. Inside The Games. Retrieved on 2013-12-17.