World University Cross Country Championships

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The World University Cross Country Championships is an international biennial cross country running competition for student athletes, organised by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The 2012 edition of the competition featured 76 male and 61 female athletes from 23 countries.[1] Over the history of the event, 64 countries have competed but only three (France, Great Britain and Spain) have been present at all editions of the championships.[2]

First established in 1968 as a men's only event, a women's race was added in 1976 and FISU gave the event its official sanctioning two years later.[3] The programme of each championship consists of one men's and one women's race, with prizes being available for individuals and national teams.[4] The team races are decided by comparing the sum of the finishing places of each nation's top four finishers (for men) or top three finishers (for women). Each country may enter up to six male athletes and five female athletes.[5][6]

All editions of the competition up to 2006 were hosted by Western European countries. Algiers became the first African nation to host the event in 2006 and Kingston, Ontario brought it to North America for the first time in 2010. Although the competition is limited to athletes studying at university level, the championships has nevertheless attract top level competitors, including: World Championship medallists Steve Moneghetti and Mariem Alaoui Selsouli, as well as World Cross Country team medallists Antonio Serrano and Iulia Olteanu.[4]

Editions[edit]

Edition Year City Country Date Countries Athletes
1968 Ghent  Belgium
1970 Bern   Switzerland
1972 Guildford  Great Britain
1974 Madrid  Spain
1976 Leuven  Belgium
1st 1978 Lausanne   Switzerland
2nd 1980 Coleraine  Great Britain
3rd 1982 Darmstadt  West Germany
4th 1984 Antwerp  Belgium
5th 1986 Graz  Austria
6th 1988 Bologna  Italy
7th 1990 Poznan  Poland
8th 1992 Dijon  France
9th 1994 Limerick  Ireland
10th 1996 Albufeira (Açoteias)  Portugal
11th 1998 Luton  Great Britain
12th 2000 Jena  Germany
13th 2002 Santiago de Compostela  Spain
14th 2004 Collegno  Italy
15th 2006 Algiers  Algeria
16th 2008 Mauquenchy  France
17th 2010 Kingston, Ontario  Canada 11 April 14 96[7]
18th 2012 Łódź  Poland 14 April 23 137[1]
19th 2014 Entebbe  Uganda
20th 2016 Cassino  Italy

Medallists[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
1968  Frank Briscoe (GBR) ?  John Rix (GBR) ? ? ?
1970  René Goris (BEL) ?  Georgi Tikhov (BUL) ?  Alistair Blamire (GBR) ?
1972  Jack Lane (GBR) 28:08  Andy Holden (GBR) 28:46  René Goris (BEL) 28:54
1974  Michael Karst (FRG) 24:38  Franco Fava (ITA) 24:44  Ian Gilmour (GBR) 24:55
1976  Laurie Reilly (GBR) 25:16  Vlastimil Zwiefelhofer (TCH) 25:16  Michael Lederer (FRG) 25:24
1978  Antonio Prieto (ESP) 30:38  Peter Baker (GBR) 30:56  Mehmet Yurdadön (TUR) 31:02
1980  David James (GBR) 33:57  Nick Brawn (GBR) 33:58  Michael Karst (FRG) 34:21
1982  Frank Zimmermann (FRG) 36:50  Christoph Herle (FRG) 37:04  Valeriy Gryaznov (URS) 37:45
1984  Michael Scheytt (FRG) 33:13  Gerhard Krippner (FRG) 33:29  Wiesław Furmanek (POL) 33:33
1986  Steve Moneghetti (AUS) 40:17  Lars Sörensen (FIN) 40:18  Jiu Shangxuan (CHN) 40:19
1988  Antonio Serrano (ESP) 24:29  Anacleto Jiménez (ESP) 24:38  Paolo Donati (ITA) 24:42
1990  Ian Hamer (GBR) 28:02  Antonio Serrano (ESP) 28:09  Haydar Dogan (TUR) 28:11
1992  Shaun Creighton (AUS) 32:22  Vítor Almeida (POR) 32:25  Bobby Quinn (GBR) 32:27
1994  Spencer Duval (GBR) 38:49  Piotr Gładki (POL) 38:51  Martin Jones (GBR) 39:02
1996  Daniel Njenga (KEN) 30:01  John Mitai Mborothi (KEN) 30:05  Bernard Lagat (KEN) 30:10
1998  Juan Puerta (ESP) 38:23  Iván Sánchez (ESP) 38:26  Mohamed Afaadas (MAR) 38:29
2000  Günther Weidlinger (AUT) 35:47  Aziz Driouche (MAR) 35:54  Rachid Boulahdid (MAR) 35:54
2002  Abdellah Bay (MAR) 35:01  Aziz Driouche (MAR) 35:03  Günther Weidlinger (AUT) 35:09
2004  Günther Weidlinger (AUT) 32:17  Karim El Mabchour (MAR) 32:26  Brahim Chettah (ALG) 32:39
2006  Mohamed Fadil (MAR) 27:59  Abdelkebir Lamachi (MAR) 28:10  Abdelaziz Azzouzi (MAR) 28:21
2008  Najim El Qady (MAR) 36:14  Liam Adams (AUS) 36:19  Stephan Hohl (GER) 36:24
2010  Tetsuya Yoroizaka (JPN) 30:08  Liam Adams (AUS) 30:09  Christian Glatting (GER) 30:11
2012  Abdelmadjed Touil (ALG) 29:11  Yuta Shitara (JPN) 29:15  Daichi Motomura (JPN) 29:22

Men's team[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
1968  Great Britain 13  Belgium 47  Italy 64
1970  Great Britain ?  Italy ?  Bulgaria ?
1972  Great Britain 12  Belgium 43   Switzerland 62
1974  Italy 24  West Germany 38  Great Britain 38
1976  Great Britain 37  Finland 43  West Germany 43
1978  Great Britain 29  West Germany 41  Spain 51
1980  Great Britain 13  West Germany 23  France 65
1982  Soviet Union 18  West Germany 26  Great Britain 53
1984  West Germany 20  Great Britain 52  Poland 57
1986  Soviet Union 37  China 43  Australia 69
1988  Spain 47  West Germany 50  Soviet Union 51
1990  Spain 30  Great Britain 46  Soviet Union 67
1992  Spain 35  Australia 38  Great Britain 58
1994  Great Britain 29  Spain 58  Italy 77
1996  Morocco 41  Kenya 45  South Africa 59
1998  Spain 17  Portugal 59  Great Britain 81
2000  Morocco 14  Great Britain 63  Spain 75
2002  Spain 32  Morocco 41  Great Britain 78
2004  Morocco 35  South Africa 36  Spain 46
2006  Morocco 10  Algeria 38  Spain 66
2008  France 38  Great Britain 61  Australia 66
2010  Japan 30  Spain 31  Great Britain 71
2012  Japan 36  Ukraine 57  Algeria 61

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
1976  Vera Kemper (FRG) 14:09  Moira O'Boyle (GBR) 14:57  Caroline Simpson (GBR) 15:06
1978  Kathryn Binns (GBR) 17:50  Renate Kieninger (FRG) 17:58  Cherry Hanson (GBR) 18:05
1980  Jill Clarke (GBR) 22:34  Cherry Hanson (GBR) 22:42  Fionnuala Morrish (IRL) 22:54
1982  Yelena Tsukhlo (URS) 15:14  Valentina Ilyinykh (URS) 15:30  Marina Rodchenkova (URS) 15:44
1984  Asunción Sinovas (ESP) 16:41  Ute Jamrozy (FRG) 16:45  Zita Ágoston (HUN) 16:47
1986  Anne Viallix (FRA) 18:34  Krishna Wood (AUS) 18:35  Tatjana Smolnikar (YUG) 19:01
1988  Viorica Ghican (ROM) 18:42  Iulia Besliu (ROM) 18:48  Helen Titterington (GBR) 18:51
1990  Julia Vaquero (ESP) 15:44  Mónica Gama (POR) 16:00  Annette Hüls (FRG) 16:05
1992  Iulia Ionescu (ROM) 20:01  Vikki McPherson (GBR) 20:05  Irena Czuta (POL) 20:08
1994  Iulia Negura (ROM) 19:59  Silvia Sommaggio (ITA) 20:03  Julia Vaquero (ESP) 20:28
1996  Lelia Deselnicu (ROM) 20:45  María Abel (ESP) 20:49  Natalie Harvey (AUS) 20:50
1998  Natalie Harvey (AUS) 21:51  Céline Rajot (FRA) 22:03  Liz Talbot (GBR) 22:05
2000  Anália Rosa (POR) 20:03  Denisa Costescu (ROM) 20:06  Cristina Casandra (ROM) 20:10
2002  Denisa Costescu (ROM) 20:06  René Kalmer (RSA) 20:08  Inês Monteiro (POR) 20:13
2004  Mariem Alaoui Selsouli (MAR) 22:06  Louise Damen (GBR) 22:11  Sonia Bejarano (ESP) 22:16
2006  Souad Aït Salem (ALG) 18:54  Kate Reed (GBR) 19:04  Eleanor Baker (GBR) 19:33
2008  Faye Fullerton (GBR) 22:36  Fionnuala Britton (IRL) 22:39  Ikram Zouglali (MAR) 22:41
2010  Sara Moreira (POR) 16:29  Jessica Sparke (GBR) 16:41  Joanne Harvey (GBR) 16:48
2012  Ancuța Bobocel (ROM) 15:48  Carla Salomé Rocha (POR) 15:54  Roxana Bârcă (ROM) 15:56

Women's team[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
1976  Great Britain 9   Switzerland 25  Belgium 32
1978  Great Britain 9  West Germany 13  Belgium 31
1980  Great Britain 7  West Germany 27  Ireland 28
1982  Soviet Union 6  West Germany 23  Spain 33
1984  Spain 15  Great Britain 16  West Germany 23
1986  Great Britain 22  Yugoslavia 22  Soviet Union 32
1988  Romania 9  Spain 24  West Germany 36
1990  Spain 12  West Germany 25  Poland 35
1992  Great Britain 30  Spain 36  Romania 41
1994  Great Britain 18  France 31  Romania 35
1996  Spain 19  Romania 26  Italy 29
1998  Great Britain 13  South Africa 33  Spain 38
2000  South Africa 18  Romania 19  Spain 46
2002  South Africa 23  Spain 25  Romania 29
2004  Great Britain 14  Spain 18  Finland 37
2006  Great Britain 9  Algeria 29  Italy 30
2008  Great Britain 20  Australia 30  Ireland 33
2010  Great Britain 13  Australia 26  Canada 33
2012  Japan 21  Romania 23  Poland 45

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pierre, Christian (2012-04-16). Individual wins for Algeria and Romania; Japan rules team competitions at World University Cross Country Champs. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  2. ^ Participation at the World University Cross Country Championships 1978 – 2010. FISU. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  3. ^ 2012 WUC Update: The 18th World University Cross-Country Championship to be organized in Lodz. FISU. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  4. ^ a b World Student Cross Country Championship. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  5. ^ Women's Team Results 2012. FISU. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  6. ^ Men's Team Results 2012. FISU. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  7. ^ Cross Country 2010. XC2010. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
Editions and medallists.

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