Eurocross

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Eurocross
Diekirch sauer.jpg
The Sauer river which is adjacent to the Eurocross course
Date February
Location Diekirch, Luxembourg Luxembourg
Event type Cross country
Distance 10.2 km for men
5.3 km for women
Established 1969
Official site Eurocross

Eurocross is an annual international cross country running competition which takes place in Diekirch, Luxembourg in February. It is one of the IAAF permit meetings which serve as qualifying events for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.[1] It is sponsored by the ING Group.[2]

First held in 1969, Eurocross is organised by the local athletics club (Celtic) and the course follows near the Stade Municipal in Diekirch.[3][4] There are two major races: a 10.2 km race for men and a 5.3 km race for women. In addition to these primary competitions, there are races for runners of various youth levels, as well as a popular, mass race for amateurs.[5]

The course follows a steep incline up a hill on a stepped dirt path,[6] which then loops back on to downhill section.[7] The race takes place over a number of laps thus the uphill and downhill sections can make for a particularly difficult cross country course.[8][9]

The main races typically attract international-calibre athletes from Europe and Africa. Past men's winners include IAAF World Cross Country Championships medallist Josephat Machuka and European Championships medallists Mustafa Mohamed and Carsten Jørgensen. The women's side has featured Gabriela Szabo (an Olympic and world champion), 1993 World Cross Country champion Albertina Dias and Dorcus Inzikuru, a steeplechase world champion. The Eurocross typically gives out over US $12,500 in total prize money for each meeting.[10]

The 2010 race, which was the 40th edition of the competition,[11] was held simultaneously with the 94th Luxembourg national cross country championships.[12]

Past senior race winners[edit]

Key:       Luxembourg championship race

  • Note: The women's course was shorter than the typical 5.3 km between 1990 and 2005.[10]
Belgian runner Veerle Dejaeghere won consecutively in 2007 and 2008
Mustafa Mohamed was the 2006 men's winner
Irina Mikitenko won for a second time in 2000.
Edition Year Men's winner Time (m:s) Women's winner Time (m:s)
1st 1969  Fernand Altmann (LUX) ?
2nd 1970  Domenico Marini (LUX) ?
1971 Not held
3rd 1972  René Kilburg (LUX) ?
4th 1973  Theo Bock (LUX) ?
1974 Not held
5th 1975  Jean Hoeser (LUX) ?
6th 1976  Theo Bock (LUX) ?
7th 1977  Reinhard Leibold (GER) ?
8th 1978  Reinhard Leibold (GER) ?
9th 1979  Justin Gloden (LUX) ?  Gabriele Veith (GER) ?
10th 1980  Elie Aubertin (BEL) ?  Sheila Baum (LUX) ?
11th 1981  Pierre Mellina (LUX) ? ? ?
12th 1982  Jean-Claude Petit (LUX) ?  Mady Petit-Scholtes (LUX) ?
13th 1983  Jean-Claude Petit (LUX) ?  Christine Weis (LUX) ?
14th 1984  Jean-Claude Petit (LUX) ? ? ?
15th 1985  Justin Gloden (LUX) ? ? ?
16th 1986  Jean-Claude Petit (LUX) ?  Danièle Kaber (LUX) ?
17th 1987  Joel Bruneau (FRA) ? ? ?
18th 1988  Herbert Steffny (GER) 32:48  Danièle Kaber (LUX) ?
19th 1989  Martin Grüning (GER) ? ? ?
20th 1990  Vincent Rousseau (BEL) 31:31  Uta Pippig (GER) 16:55
21st 1991  Tonnie Dirks (NED) ?  Albertina Dias (POR) ?
22nd 1992  Ezequiel Canario (POR) 32:33  Lieve Slegers (BEL) 16:59
23rd 1993  James Kariuki (KEN) 31:27  Suzanne Rigg (GBR) 16:45
24th 1994  Tendai Chimusasa (ZIM) 30:51  Catherina McKiernan (IRL) 15:54
25th 1995  Dave Lewis (GBR) 33:09  Gabriela Szabo (ROM) 16:53
26th 1996  Tendai Chimusasa (ZIM) 31:57  Colleen De Reuck (RSA) 16:16
27th 1997  Bernard Barmasai (KEN) 30:41  Elena Fidatov (ROM) 15:50
28th 1998  Josephat Machuka (KEN) 30:27  Anita Weyermann (SUI) 16:00
29th 1999  Carsten Jørgensen (DEN) 31:50  Irina Mikitenko (GER) 16:40
30th 2000  Abderrahim Goumri (MAR) 30:18  Irina Mikitenko (GER) 16:12
31st 2001  Abderrahim Goumri (MAR) 30:25  Anja Smolders (BEL) 15:56
32nd 2002  Hamid El Mouaziz (MAR) 30:52  Meryem Boussetta (MAR) 16:04
33rd 2003  Philemon Kemei (KEN) 29:56  Dorcus Inzikuru (UGA) 15:54
34th 2004  Wilson Chemweno (KEN) 30:34  Bouchra Chaâbi (MAR) 15:41
35th 2005  Sultan Khamis Zaman (QAT) 32:06  Natalie Harvey (GBR) 17:09
36th 2006  Mustafa Mohamed (SWE) 30:47  Susanne Ritter (GER) 18:24
37th 2007  Sultan Khamis Zaman (QAT) 32:03  Veerle Dejaeghere (BEL) 18:44
38th 2008  Joel Kimurer (KEN) 29:23  Veerle Dejaeghere (BEL) 17:21
39th 2009  Wilson Kiprop (KEN) 30:27  Mimi Belete (ETH) 18:23
40th 2010  Onesphore Nkunzimana (BDI) 27:17  Mimi Belete (BHR) 17:03
41st 2011  Elabbassi El Hassan (MAR) 31:27.1  Maryam Jamal (BHR) 19:03.8
42nd 2012  Japheth Korir (KEN) 30:34.1  Almensh Belete (ETH) 18:26
43rd 2013  Albert Rop (KEN) 31:11  Eleni Gebrehiwot (ETH) 19:17
44th 2014  Alex Kibet (KEN) 33:03  Eleni Gebrehiwot (ETH) 20:28

References[edit]

  1. ^ IAAF Cross Country Permits. IAAF (2010). Retrieved on 2010-02-12.
  2. ^ Wenig, Jorg (2012-02-13). Korir and Belete take victories at Diekirch Cross Country. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-02-13.
  3. ^ Wenig, Jörg (2007-02-09). Defending champions Mohamed and Hahn back in Diekirch Eurocross - Preview. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-01.
  4. ^ Route. Celtic Diekirch. Retrieved on 2010-03-01.
  5. ^ Horaire / Zeitplan. Celtic Diekirch. Retrieved on 2010-03-01.
  6. ^ Hendrix, Ivo (2005-02-14). Sultan Khamis Zaman beats a strong field in the Diekirch Eurocross. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-01.
  7. ^ Hendrix, Ivo (2009-02-13). Sandell-Hyvärynen and Sigei favourites in Diekirch Eurocross. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-01.
  8. ^ Hendrix, Ivo (2008-02-18). Dejaeghere the dominant winner at Diekirch Eurocross. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-01.
  9. ^ Wenig, Jörg (2007-02-12). Sultan Khamis Zaman and Veerle Dejaeghere win Diekirch Eurocross. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-01.
  10. ^ a b Civai, Franco & Gasparovic, Juraj (2009-02-28). Eurocross 10.2 km (men) + 5.3 km (women). Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2010-03-01.
  11. ^ Hendrix, Ivo (2010-03-01). Nkuzimana and Mimi Belete the strongest in Diekirch. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-01.
  12. ^ Events. Celtic Diekirch. Retrieved on 2010-03-01.

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