2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships

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41st World Cross Country Championships
2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships Logo.png
Organisers IAAF
Edition 41st
Date 28 March
Host city Guiyang, China China
Location Guiyang horse racing circuit
Nations participating 51
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.

Overview[edit]

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[5][6] 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,[7] 2010 World Half Marathon Championships,[8] 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.[9][10]

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.[11] 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.[12]

Preparation[edit]

In the year before the competition, the Guiyang International Half Marathon was inaugurated, increasing local running participation.[13] This added to the history of athletics in the region, which included a long-running Guiyang road race in its 44th edition that year.[12] 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.[14]

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.[15]

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]

For full event details see 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Senior men's race
Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time (m:s)
1st, gold medalist(s) Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor  Kenya 34:52
2nd, silver medalist(s) Bedan Karoki Muchiri  Kenya 35:00
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Muktar Edris  Ethiopia 35:06
4 Hagos Gebrhiwet  Ethiopia 35:15
5 Leonard Barsoton  Kenya 35:24
6 Tamirat Tola  Ethiopia 35:33
7 Atsedu Tsegay  Ethiopia 35:47
8 Moses Kibet  Uganda 35:53
9 Ismail Juma  Tanzania 35:55
10 Aweke Ayalew  Bahrain 35:56
11 Albert Kibichii Rop  Bahrain 35:59
12 Phillip Kiprono Langat  Kenya 36:05
Full results
  • 111 entrants, 110 starters, 108 finishers.[16]
Teams
Rank Team Points
1st, gold medalist(s)  Ethiopia
Muktar Edris 3
Hagos Gebrhiwet 4
Tamirat Tola 6
Atsedu Tsegay 7
(Bonsa Dida) (14)
(Tesfaye Abera) (26)
20
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Kenya
Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor 1
Bedan Karoki Muchiri 2
Leonard Barsoton 5
Phillip Kiprono Langat 12
(Moses Letoyie) (16)
(Joseph Kiprono Kiptum) (21)
20
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Bahrain
Aweke Ayalew 10
Albert Kibichii Rop 11
El Hassan Elabbassi 15
Isaac Korir 18
(Zelalem Bacha) (19)
(Hassan Chani) (20)
54
4  Eritrea 91
5  Uganda 92
6  Tanzania 130
7  United States 131
8  Rwanda 153
Full results
  • Note: Athletes in parentheses did not score for the team result.

Senior women's race[edit]

For full event details see 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Senior women's race
Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time (m:s)
1st, gold medalist(s) Agnes Jebet Tirop  Kenya 26:01
2nd, silver medalist(s) Senbere Teferi  Ethiopia 26:06
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Netsanet Gudeta  Ethiopia 26:11
4 Alemitu Heroye  Ethiopia 26:14
5 Stacy Chepkemboi Ndiwa  Kenya 26:16
6 Emily Chebet Muge  Kenya 26:18
7 Irene Chepet Cheptai  Kenya 26:26
8 Mamitu Daska  Ethiopia 26:29
9 Belaynesh Oljira  Ethiopia 26:29
10 Genet Yalew  Ethiopia 27:00
11 Nazret Weldu  Eritrea 27:19
12 Janet Kisa  Kenya 27:22
Full results
  • 83 entrants, 82 starters, 80 finishers.[17]
Teams
Rank Team Points
1st, gold medalist(s)  Ethiopia
Senbere Teferi 2
Netsanet Gudeta 3
Alemitu Heroye 4
Mamitu Daska 8
(Belaynesh Oljira) (9)
(Genet Yalew) (10)
17
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Kenya
Agnes Jebet Tirop 1
Stacy Chepkemboi Ndiwa 5
Emily Chebet Muge 6
Irene Chepet Cheptai 7
(Janet Kisa) (12)
(Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi) (13)
19
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Uganda
Juliet Chekwel 14
Nyakisi Adero 24
Patricia Chepkwemoi 30
Emily Chebet 33
(Nancy Cheptegei) (DNF)
101
4  China 122
5  United States 128
6  Algeria 139
7  Spain 139
8  Peru 156
Full results
  • Note: Athletes in parentheses did not score for the team result.

Junior men's race[edit]

For full event details see 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Junior men's race
Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time (m:s)
1st, gold medalist(s) Yasin Haji  Ethiopia 23:42
2nd, silver medalist(s) Geoffrey Kipkirui Korir  Kenya 23:47
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Alfred Ngeno  Kenya 23:54
4 Dominic Kiptarus  Kenya 24:00
5 Evans Rutto Chematot  Bahrain 24:03
6 Abraham Habte  Eritrea 24:04
7 Yihunilign Adane  Ethiopia 24:05
8 Abe Gashahun  Ethiopia 24:08
9 Fred Musobo  Uganda 24:10
10 Rodgers Chumo  Kenya 24:11
11 Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei  Uganda 24:11
12 Moses Koech  Kenya 24:11
Full results
  • 118 entrants, 118 starters, 113 finishers.[18]
Teams
Rank Team Points
1st, gold medalist(s)  Kenya
Geoffrey Kipkirui Korir 2
Alfred Ngeno 3
Dominic Kiptarus 4
Rodgers Chumo 10
(Moses Koech) (12)
(John Langat) (16)
19
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Ethiopia
Yasin Haji 1
Yihunilign Adane 7
Abe Gashahun 8
Haymanot Alewe 17
(Yohans Mekasha) (21)
(Adane Weletaw) (24)
33
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Eritrea
Abraham Habte 6
Afewerki Berhane 13
Mogos Shumay 14
Aron Kifle 19
(Yemane Haileselassie) (23)
52
4  Bahrain 70
5  Uganda 76
6  United States 132
7  Morocco 139
8  Italy 176
Full results
  • Note: Athletes in parentheses did not score for the team result.

Junior women's race[edit]

For full event details see 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Junior women's race
Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time (m:s)
1st, gold medalist(s) Letesenbet Gidey  Ethiopia 19:48
2nd, silver medalist(s) Dera Dida  Ethiopia 19:49
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Etagegn Woldu  Ethiopia 19:53
4 Daisy Jepkemei  Kenya 19:59
5 Mihret Tefera  Ethiopia 20:02
6 Dagmawit Kibru  Ethiopia 20:07
7 Gladys Jeptekeny Kipkoech  Kenya 20:13
8 Desi Mokonin  Bahrain 20:17
9 Ruth Jebet  Bahrain 20:20
10 Winfred Nzisa Mbithe  Kenya 20:31
11 Stella Chesang  Uganda 20:37
12 Rosefline Chepngetich  Kenya 20:38
Full results
  • 101 entrants, 100 starters, 87 finishers.[19]
Teams
Rank Team Points
1st, gold medalist(s)  Ethiopia
Letesenbet Gidey 1
Dera Dida 2
Etagegn Woldu 3
Mihret Tefera 5
(Dagmawit Kibru) (6)
(Zerfe Lemeneh) (14)
11
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Kenya
Daisy Jepkemei 4
Gladys Jeptekeny Kipkoech 7
Winfred Nzisa Mbithe 10
Rosefline Chepngetich 12
(Winnie Jebichii Koima) (13)
(Joyline Cherotich) (22)
33
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Bahrain
Desi Mokonin 8
Ruth Jebet 9
Fatuma Jawaro Chebsi 15
Bontu Rebitu 20
(Dalila Abdulkadir Gosa) (28)
52
4  Uganda 65
5  Japan 98
6  China 136
7  Eritrea 138
8  United States 177
Full results
  • Note: Athletes in parentheses did not score for the team result.

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.[20] This represented an increase of ten nations from the previous edition and thirteen additional participating athletes in total.[21]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ Zeng, Jun (2014-05-22). Guiyang to hold 2014 Guiyang International Half Marathon. China Daily. Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
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  15. ^ Timetable by day. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  16. ^ Results Senior Race Men. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  17. ^ Results Senior Race Women. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  18. ^ Results Junior Race Men. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  19. ^ Results Junior Race Women. IAAF (2014-03-28). Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  20. ^ Countries IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2015. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  21. ^ IAAF World Cross Country Championships Guiyang 2015 Facts & Figures. IAAF (2015). Retrieved on 2015-03-28.

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