Oeiras International Cross Country

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Oeiras International Cross Country
The Oeiras course is run near the Estádio Nacional
Date Mid-November
Location Oeiras, Portugal
Event type Cross country
Distance 9 km for men
5 km for women
Established 2000
Official site Oeiras Cross Country

The Oeiras International Cross Country (Portuguese: Crosse Internacional de Oeiras) is an annual cross country running competition that takes place in Oeiras, Portugal. Established in 2000,[1] it is usually held in mid-November and is traditionally the first competition of the IAAF's cross country season, which culminates each year in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.[2]

The Oeiras Cross Country has featured athletes such as Kenenisa Bekele, Paul Tergat, Gebregziabher Gebremariam and Felix Limo.[3] The race can be of high importance to Portuguese athletes as the results are often used to decide the national squad for the European Cross Country Championships.[4][5] The men's race is 9 kilometres long, while the women's race is held over 5 km.[6] In addition to the professional senior races, there are also a number amateur races, including shorter cross country races for children, as well as junior and veteran races.[7]

The course in Jamor is adjacent the Estádio Nacional,[8] the home ground of Portugal's national football team,[9] and is the same circuit that was used for the 1997 European Cross Country Championships and the men's 1999 European Club's Cross Country Cup in 1999.[10][11] It is a long and hilly course which features a green, scenic setting.[12] The competition is organised by the same group which sets up the Lisbon Half Marathon and the Portugal Half Marathon – the Maratona Clube de Portugal.[13]

The race has previously been broadcast live on television and attracts over 600 runners for the senior races annually.[14] The competition has been sponsored by a number of patrons over its short history, including: Vodafone, Sport Zone, Banco Português de Negócios, Energias de Portugal and Finibanco.[15][16]

Past senior race winners[edit]

Portuguese athlete Inês Monteiro won on home turf in 2008.

Key:   Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (m:s) Women's winner Time (m:s)
I 2000  Martin Sulle (TAN) 29:48  Carla Sacramento (POR) 19:31
II 2001  Enock Mitei (KEN) 26:10  Leah Malot (KEN) 15:33
III 2002  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 24:05  Leah Malot (KEN) 16:01
IV 2003  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 27:22  Merima Denboba (ETH) 16:22
V 2004  Tariku Bekele (ETH) 26:28  Alice Timbilil (KEN) 16:34
VI 2005  Ronald Kipchumba Rutto (KEN) 26:27  Elizabeth Rumokol (KEN) 17.36
VII 2006  Peter Kamais (KEN) 26:19  Dorcus Inzikuru (UGA) 17:22
VIII 2007  Imane Merga (ETH) 26:34  Mónica Rosa (POR) 17:29
IX 2008  Titus Masai (KEN) 27:07  Inês Monteiro (POR) 17:31
X 2009  Gebregziabher Gebremariam (ETH) 24:41  Jessica Augusto (POR) 15:39
XI 2010  Teklemariam Medhin (ERI) 28:33  Anália Rosa (POR) 20:01


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  2. ^ Costa, Paulo (2004-11-21). Tariku Bekele beats Paul Tergat in Oeiras. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-22.
  3. ^ Steeple Newsletter. Steeple.de (2001-11-25). Retrieved on 2009-11-22.
  4. ^ Fernandes, António Manuel (2008-11-21). Masai dominates; Augusto defeated by Monteiro in Oeiras. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-22.
  5. ^ Fernandes, António Manuel (2007-11-17). Merga and Rosa nab wins in Lisbon – Oeiras Cross Country Report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-22.
  6. ^ Fernandes, António Manuel (2009-11-21).Gebremariam and Augusto the victors in Oeiras. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-22.
  7. ^ Associação de Atletismo de Lisboa. Maratona Clube de Portugal (2008). Retrieved on 2009-11-22.
  8. ^ Costa, Paulo (2005-11-20). Rutto, Rumokol the victors in Oeiras. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-22.
  9. ^ Fernandes, António Manuel (2008-11-15). Masai dominates; Augusto defeated by Monteiro in Oeiras. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-22.
  10. ^ Fernandes, António Manuel (2008-11-13). Kilel leads Kenyan charge; Augusto the home favourite - Oeiras XC, PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-22.
  11. ^ Campo a Través - Temporada 2002/2003. Real Federación Española de Atletismo (2003). Retrieved on 2009-11-22.
  12. ^ Fernandes, António Manuel (2006-11-12). Inzikuru and Kamais dominate IAAF XC in Oeiras. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-22.
  13. ^ Fernandes, António Manuel (2009-11-19).Gebremariam tops the field in Oeiras - preview. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-22.
  14. ^ Costa, Paulo (2003-11-13). Malot aims for third title in Oeiras. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-22.
  15. ^ An impressive Bekele smashes opponents. IAAF (2002-11-17). Retrieved on 2009-11-22.
  16. ^ Costas, Paulo (2003-11-16). Bekele wins but is closely shadowed by Kigen. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-22.

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