Cross Internacional de Itálica

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Cross Internacional de Itálica
Italica amphitheatre Santiponce Andalucia Spain.JPG
The race course passes alongside Itálica's ancient amphitheatre
Date Mid-January
Location Santiponce, Spain
Event type Cross country
Distance 11 km for men
8 km for women
Established 1982
Official site Cross Internacional de Itálica

The Cross Internacional de Itálica is an annual cross country running competition that is held every January in Santiponce, near Seville, Spain. Inaugurated in 1982, the race course is set in the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Itálica. As one of only two Spanish competitions to hold IAAF permit meeting status, it is one of the more prestigious races on the Spanish cross country circuit.

The competition comprises three general categories of race: children's and junior races, the mass participation ("popular") race, and the professional international races.[1] The men's international race was a 10 km race until 1999 when it was increased to roughly 11 km. The distance of the women's international race (currently 8 km) has also fluctuated, varying between 5.5 km and 6.6 km in its early years.[2] The course of the race loops through the ancient streets of Itálica, passing alongside ruins throughout.[1] The red clay ground usually makes for a dry running surface, although rain has occasionally made this a particularly difficult, muddy course in previous editions.[3][4]

The international fields for the Cross de Itálica frequently feature some of the most successful cross country athletes. Past winners include Paul Tergat, Kenenisa Bekele, Gelete Burka, Paula Radcliffe and Florence Kiplagat. Indeed, in six separate years (1994, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004 and 2009) one of the winners of the Cross de Itálica has gone on to win at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

Past senior race winners[edit]

Charles Kamathi scored consecutive wins through 2000 and 2001.
Kenenisa Bekele on his way to a third Cross de Itálica victory in 2007 – a course record.
The 2007 women's race was won by Ethiopian Gelete Burka
Edition Year Men's winner Time (m:s) Women's winner Time (m:s)
I 1982  José Alonso (ESP) ? Not Held
II 1983  Juan Barón (ESP) ? Not Held
III 1984  Fernando Mamede (POR) ? Not Held
IV 1985  Fernando Mamede (POR) ? Not Held
1986 Not Held Not Held
V 1987  Paul Kipkoech (KEN) ? Not Held
VI 1988  Paul Kipkoech (KEN) 28:48 Not Held
VII 1989  Domingos Castro (POR) 28:28 Not Held
VIII 1990  Ondoro Osoro (KEN) 28:21 Not Held
IX 1991  Ondoro Osoro (KEN) 28:33  Andrea Wallace (ENG) 17:39
X 1992  Khalid Skah (MAR) 28:05  Hellen Kimaiyo (KEN) 17:17
XI 1993  Fita Bayisa (ETH) 27:53  Catherina McKiernan (IRL) 17:11
XII 1994  William Sigei (KEN) 28:04  Yelena Romanova (RUS) 17:54
XIII 1995  Paulo Guerra (POR) 28:49  Catherina McKiernan (IRL) 17:43
XIV 1996  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 28:59  Annemari Sandell (FIN) 17:57
XV 1997  Paulo Guerra (POR) 29:57  Elena Fidatov (ROM) 20:26
XVI 1998  Paul Tergat (KEN) 27:57  Jackline Maranga (KEN) 19:15
XVII 1999  Paul Tergat (KEN) 30:56  Zahra Ouaziz (MAR) 21:34
XVIII 2000  Charles Kamathi (KEN) 20:30  Gete Wami (ETH) 21:15
XIX 2001  Charles Kamathi (KEN) 31:48  Paula Radcliffe (ENG) 21:31.7
XX 2002  Abraham Chebii (KEN) 30:38  Mónica Rosa (POR) 21:22
XXI 2003  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 31:32  Merima Denboba (ETH) 21:42
XXII 2004  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 31:01.6  Merima Denboba (ETH) 21:43
XXIII 2005  Terefe Maregu (ETH) 31:22  Werknesh Kidane (ETH) 28:43
XXIV 2006  Abebe Dinkesa (ETH) 31:03  Bezunesh Bekele (ETH) 21:32
XXV 2007  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 31:05  Gelete Burka (ETH) 21:14
XXVI 2008  Moses Kipsiro (UGA) 31:01  Priscah Cherono (KEN) 25:49
XXVII 2009  Moses Kipsiro (UGA) 30:37  Florence Kiplagat (KEN) 26:14
XXVIII 2010  Leonard Komon (KEN) 31:14  Linet Masai (KEN) 25:35
XXIX 2011  Leonard Komon (KEN) 30:38  Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 26:02
XXX 2012  Geoffrey Kipsang (KEN) 30:53  Linet Masai (KEN) 25:42
XXXI 2013  Jairus Birech (KEN) 31:56  Mercy Cherono (KEN) 26:48
XXXII 2014  Paul Tanui (KEN) 31:32  Hiwot Ayalew (ETH) 27:18
XXXIII 2015  Teklemariam Medhin (ERI) 32:28  Emily Chebet (KEN) 27:15
XXXIV 2016  Tamirat Tola (ETH) 30:57  Faith Kipyegon (KEN) 24:56
XXXV 2017  Aweke Ayalew (BHR) 31:36  Senbere Teferi (ETH) 25:52


  1. ^ a b Circuito. Cross Internacional de Italica. Retrieved on 2010-01-30.
  2. ^ Civai, Franco & Gasparovic, Juraj (2010-01-18). Cross Italica. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2010-01-30.
  3. ^ Minshull, Phil (2001-01-15). Kamathi lays down the law at the Cross de Italica. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-01-30.
  4. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2010-01-15). Gebremariam and Masai head stellar line-up in Seville - preview. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-01-30.

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