Asian Cross Country Championships

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Asian Cross Country Championships
Sport Cross country running
Founded 1991
Continent Asia (AAA)

The Asian Cross Country Championships is a biennial regional cross country running competition for athletes from Asia. It is organised by the Asian Athletics Association and was first held in 1991 in Fukuoka, Japan. The competition has been held every two years since then, although the 2003 edition was postponed due to political conflicts within the region.[1][2]

The championships comprises four races: separate senior races for men and for women, and two corresponding junior races for the sexes. Furthermore, in each of the four races athletes compete simultaneously for both individual medals and team medals. For the team competitions, the final positions of the best finishing runners from each country are combined and the team with the lowest points total wins.[1]

Athletes and teams of Japan, China and Iran have historically been the most successful of the championships. However, Qatar and Bahrain have become increasingly dominant since 2005, led by a number of East African-born athletes who have transferred allegiance to the small Middle-Eastern states.[3][4][5]

The 2011 edition, set for February in Kathmandu, was postponed after the Nepalese government did not provide the requisite funds needed to host the event.[6] China took over the hosting rights and held the 11th edition the following year in Qingzhen.[7]


Edition Year Venue City Country No. of
1st 1991 Fukuoka Japan
2nd 1993 Jakarta Indonesia
3rd 1995 Chiba International Cross Country Chiba Japan
4th 1997 Chiba International Cross Country Chiba Japan
5th 1999 Enghelab Sport Complex (Men) Tehran Iran 100
(Women) Hong Kong Hong Kong
6th 2001 Kathmandu Nepal
7th 2004 Pune India
8th 2005 Guiyang China 676
9th 2007 Al Bisharat Golf Club Amman Jordan 1009
10th 2009 Al-Rafah Bahrain Hippodrome Manama Bahrain 1189
2011 Not held Kathmandu Nepal
11th 2012 Qingzhen China
12th 2014 Fukuoka International Cross Country Fukuoka Japan
13th 2016 Manama Bahrain



Year Men's senior race Women's senior race
Individual Team Individual Team
1991  Shozo Shimoju (JPN)  Japan (JPN)  Mun Gyong-Ae (PRK)  North Korea (PRK)
1993  Hamid Sajjadi (IRI)  India (IND)  Minori Hayakari (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
1995  Seiichi Miyajima (JPN)  Japan (JPN)  Atsumi Yashima (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
1997  Saad Shaddad Al-Asmari (KSA)  Saudi Arabia (KSA)  Chiemi Takahashi (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
1999  Ahmad Zarekar (IRI)  Japan (JPN)  Mizuki Noguchi (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
2001  Jafar Babakhani (IRI)  Sri Lanka (SRI)  Yasuyo Iwamoto (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
2004  Han Gang (CHN)  China (CHN)  Yumi Sato (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
2005  Han Gang (CHN)  Qatar (QAT)  Li Helan (CHN)  China (CHN)
2007  Ahmed Hassan Abdullah (QAT)  Qatar (QAT)  Maryam Yusuf Jamal (BHR)  Bahrain (BHR)
2009  Ahmed Hassan Abdullah (QAT)  Qatar (QAT)  Maryam Yusuf Jamal (BHR)  Japan (JPN)
2012  Alemu Bekele (BHR)  Bahrain (BHR)  Shitaye Eshete (BHR)  Bahrain (BHR)
2014  Aweke Yimer (BHR)  Bahrain (BHR)  Tejitu Chalchissa (BHR)  Bahrain (BHR)
2016  Rop Albert (BHR)  Bahrain (BHR)  Chumba Eunice (BHR)  Bahrain (BHR)


Year Men's junior race Women's junior race
Individual Team Individual Team
1991  Yasuyuki Watanabe (JPN)  Japan (JPN)  Qu Yunxia (CHN) ?
1993  Awad Saleh Nasser (YEM) ?  Noriko Wada (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
1995  Tadayuki Ojima (JPN)  Japan (JPN)  Chiemi Takahashi (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
1997  Mohamed Al-Shinan (KSA) ?  Kumiko Hiyama (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
1999  Zhong Haibo (CHN)  Japan (JPN)  Kaori Yoshida (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
2001  Tomohiro Uemura (JPN)  Japan (JPN)  Mika Okunaga (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
2004  Satoru Kitamura (JPN)  Japan (JPN)  Bao Guiying (CHN)  Japan (JPN)
2005  Lin Xiangqian (CHN)  China (CHN)  Zhu Yanmei (CHN)  China (CHN)
2007  Thamer Kamal Ali (QAT)  Qatar (QAT)  Monica Raut (IND)  India (IND)
2009  Alemu Bekele (BHR)  Bahrain (BHR)  Shitaye Eshete (BHR)  Bahrain (BHR)
2012  Shota Baba (JPN)  Japan (JPN)  Miyuki Uehara (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
2014[8]  Kazuto Kawabata (JPN)  Japan (JPN)  Yuka Kobayashi (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
2016[9]  Ali Abdi (BHR)  Bahrain (BHR)  Abdulkadir Dalila (BHR)  Bahrain (BHR)

All-time medal table[edit]

  • Senior individual races only. Last update: 2016
 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Japan 8 9 8 25
2  Bahrain 8 7 8 23
3  China 3 4 5 12
4  Iran 3 1 1 5
5  Qatar 2 1 2 5
6  North Korea 1 1 1 3
7  Saudi Arabia 1 0 0 1
8  India 0 2 0 2
9  Sri Lanka 0 0 1 1
10  United Arab Emirates 0 1 0 1
Total 26 26 26 78


  1. ^ a b Asian Cross Country Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2010-02-23.
  2. ^ Asian Cross Country Championships postponed. IAAF (2003-02-18). Retrieved on 2010-02-23.
  3. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (2007-03-11). Jamal and Hassan dominate at Asian XC champs - UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-02-23.
  4. ^ Negash, Elshadai (2009-02-28). Jamal's home debut and Shaheen’s championship return - Asian XC Champs - PREVIEW . IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-02-23.
  5. ^ Negash, Elshadai (2009-03-02). Jamal and Abdullah cruise to title defence - Asian Cross Country Championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-02-23.
  6. ^ Cross-country Championships. The Himalayan Times (2011-02-11). Retrieved on 2011-02-24.
  7. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (2012-03-25). Bahrain dominates at Asian XC champs. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  8. ^ The 12th Asian Cross Country Championships Archived July 22, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.. Athletics Asia. Retrieved on 2014-11-24.
  9. ^ The 13th Asian Cross Country Championships

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