2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships

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41st World Cross Country Championships
41st World Cross Country Championships
Organisers IAAF
Edition 41st
Date 28 March
Host city Guiyang, China China
Location Guiyang horse racing circuit
Athletes participating 410
Races 4
Distances 12 km – Senior men
8 km – Junior men
8 km – Senior women
6 km – Junior women
Official website Guiyang 2015

The 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships (Chinese: 2015国际田联世界越野锦标)[1] was the 41st edition of the global championships in cross country running, organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. It was held in Guiyang, China on 28 March.[2] It was the first time that the event was held in China, and the third occasion it took place in Asia (after Fukuoka in 2006, and Amman in 2009). Senior and junior races were held for men and women, with the four races having both a team and individual element.

The senior individual titles were won by Kenyan athletes. Geoffrey Kipsang, a former junior champion and reigning world half marathon champion, took the men's title by a margin of eight seconds.[3] The 19-year-old Agnes Jebet Tirop was the women's champion, establishing herself as a senior athlete for the first time after her runner-up finish in the junior race at the 2013 edition. This made her the second youngest ever winner of that title, after Zola Budd in 1985.[4] Aside from these victories, it was Ethiopia that had the most success: Yasin Haji and Letesenbet Gidey were crowned the junior champions while the Ethiopian teams won the senior titles and had a clean sweep in the women's junior race. Bahrain was the only non-East African nation to win a medal, albeit with teams of entirely African expatriates.

The host choice reflected the increasing prominence of China in the world of athletics. Having only staged one major IAAF event before 2006, the country quickly rose to host the 2006 World Junior Championships, the 2008 Olympic athletics,[5] 2010 World Half Marathon Championships,[6] and 2014 IAAF World Race Walking Cup. The cross country event preceded Beijing's holding of the 2015 World Championships in Athletics later that year.[7][8]

The course for the competition was a former horse racing course around 30 km from the city centre, which had hosted the Asian Cross Country Championships in 2005 as well as ten editions of the Chinese Cross Country Championships.[9] In addition to the main competition, mass participation races over 2 km and 4 km were held in the morning before the official opening ceremony, aimed at improving public engagement in the sport.[10]

Preparation[edit]

In the year before the competition, the Guiyang International Half Marathon was inaugurated, increasing local running participation.[11] This added to the history of athletics in the region, which included a long-running Guiyang road race in its 44th edition that year.[10] The 2015 Chinese national championships a month before the global event were not contested at the same course, instead being held in Qujing. Zhang Xinyan won both the women's long and short course titles, while Zhu Renxue and Wang Ligang won the men's long and short races, respectively.[12]

Schedule[edit]

All four races were held in the afternoon in the usual traditional, with junior races preceding the senior races, and the senior men's event concluding the programme.[13]

Date Time (CST) Events
24 March 12:00 Junior race women
12:30 Junior race men
13:15 Senior race women
14:10 Senior race men

Medallists[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual
Senior men
(12 km)
 Geoffrey Kipsang (KEN) 34:52  Bedan Karoki (KEN) 35:00  Muktar Edris (ETH) 35:06
Senior women
(8 km)
 Agnes Jebet Tirop (KEN) 26:01  Senbere Teferi (ETH) 26:06  Netsanet Gudeta (ETH) 26:11
Junior men
(8 km)
 Yasin Haji (ETH) 23:42  Geoffrey Kipkirui Korir (KEN) 23:47  Alfred Ngeno (KEN) 23:54
Junior women
(6 km)
 Letesenbet Gidey (ETH) 19:48  Dera Dida (ETH) 19:49  Etagegn Woldu (ETH) 19:43
Team
Senior men  Ethiopia 20  Kenya 20  Bahrain 54
Senior women  Ethiopia 17  Kenya 19  Uganda 101
Junior men  Kenya 19  Ethiopia 33  Eritrea 52
Junior women  Ethiopia 11  Kenya 33  Bahrain 52

Results[edit]

Senior men's race[edit]

Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time (m:s)
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Silver medal icon.svg
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4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Full results
  • 111 entrants, 110 starters, 108 finishers.[14]
Teams
Rank Team Points
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Silver medal icon.svg
Bronze medal icon.svg
4
5
6
7
8
Full results

Senior women's race[edit]

Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time (m:s)
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Silver medal icon.svg
Bronze medal icon.svg
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Full results
  • 83 entrants, 82 starters, 80 finishers.[15]
Teams
Rank Team Points
Gold medal icon.svg
Silver medal icon.svg
Bronze medal icon.svg
4
5
6
7
8
Full results

Junior men's race[edit]

Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time (m:s)
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Silver medal icon.svg
Bronze medal icon.svg
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Full results
  • 118 entrants, 118 starters, 113 finishers.[16]
Teams
Rank Team Points
Gold medal icon.svg
Silver medal icon.svg
Bronze medal icon.svg
4
5
6
7
8
Full results

Junior women's race[edit]

Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time (m:s)
Gold medal icon.svg
Silver medal icon.svg
Bronze medal icon.svg
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Full results
  • 101 entrants, 100 starters, 87 finishers.[17]
Teams
Rank Team Points
Gold medal icon.svg
Silver medal icon.svg
Bronze medal icon.svg
4
5
6
7
8
Full results

Medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Ethiopia 5 3 3 11
2  Kenya 3 5 1 9
3  Bahrain 0 0 2 2
4=  Eritrea 0 0 1 1
4=  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]

A total of 410 athletes from 51 countries participated, excluding non-starters.[18] This represented an increase of ten nations from the previous edition and thirteen additional participating athletes in total.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 关于2015年贵阳国际田联世界越野锦标赛国内技术官员报到事宜的通知 (Chinese). Guiyang 2015 (2015-03-05). Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  2. ^ "China to host 2015 world cross-country championships". xinhuanet.com. 2012-11-24. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  3. ^ Mills, Steven (2015-03-28). Kamworor maintains his perfect championship record in Guiyang. IAAF (2015-03-28). Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  4. ^ Sammet, Michelle (2015-03-28). Teenage talent Tirop triumphs in Guiyang. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  5. ^ President’s speech for Press Conference of IAAF World Juniors in Beijing . IAAF (2006-08-14). Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  6. ^ IAAF / LOC Press Conference - Nanning 2010. IAAF (2010-10-15). Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  7. ^ Minshull, Phil (2014-05-02). Press conference highlights – IAAF World Race Walking Cup Taicang 2014 . IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  8. ^ President Diack: "Guiyang is a truly significant moment for cross country". IAAF (2015-04-28). Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  9. ^ Course and scoring details – IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Guiyang 2015. IAAF (2015-03-25). Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  10. ^ a b Mills, Steven (2015-03-27). Guiyang capitalises on being IAAF World Cross Country Championships host. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  11. ^ Zeng, Jun (2014-05-22). Guiyang to hold 2014 Guiyang International Half Marathon. China Daily. Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  12. ^ Wu, Vincent (2015-02-28). Zhang Xinyan does the double at Chinese Cross Country Championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  13. ^ Timetable by day. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  14. ^ Results Senior Race Men. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  15. ^ Results Senior Race Women. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  16. ^ Results Junior Race Men. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  17. ^ Results Junior Race Women. IAAF (2014-03-28). Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  18. ^ Countries IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2015. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  19. ^ IAAF World Cross Country Championships Guiyang 2015 Facts & Figures. IAAF (2015). Retrieved on 2015-03-28.

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