As Kenenisa Bekele strode the last few yards to the finishing line of the long race at the 34th IAAF World Cross Country Championships here at the windswept Seaside Park in Fukuoka, he held up both hands in front of himself and, without breaking stride, counted out numbers 1 to 10.
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Men's Long Race, Fukuoka - Bekele's makes it ten but then suggests no more!

As Kenenisa Bekele strode the last few yards to the finishing line of the long race at the 34th IAAF World Cross Country Championships here at the windswept Seaside Park in Fukuoka, he held up both hands in front of himself and, without breaking stride, counted out numbers 1 to 10.... Read More

Last year’s World Junior Cross Country champion Gelete Burika Bati today succeeded in adding the senior women’s short race crown despite gale force winds which blasted the course which is situated on the Fukuoka’s flat shore on the Genkai Sea.
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Women's Short Race, Fukuoka - Not even a gale can hold back Burka

Last year’s World Junior Cross Country champion Gelete Burika Bati today succeeded in adding the senior women’s short race crown despite gale force winds which blasted the course which is situated on the Fukuoka’s flat shore on the Genkai Sea.... Read More

Mangata Ndiwa led Kenya to its eighth straight junior men's team championship this afternoon at Uminonakamichi Seaside Park in Fukuoka, with his teammate Leonard Komon finishing immediately behind him.
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Men's Junior Race, Fukuoka - Eight straight for Kenya

Mangata Ndiwa led Kenya to its eighth straight junior men's team championship this afternoon at Uminonakamichi Seaside Park in Fukuoka, with his teammate Leonard Komon finishing immediately behind him.... Read More

It is unarguable that international cross country reached a turning point at around 3.30 in the afternoon at Fukuoka today.
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A crossroads for cross country

It is unarguable that international cross country reached a turning point at around 3.30 in the afternoon at Fukuoka today.... Read More

Five years after his older brother won the men's World Cross Country junior race in Ostend, Tariku Bekele arrived in Fukuoka looking for a championship of his own. Where Kenenisa had been a family trailblazer, with only his own results to speak for him (including a silver in the 2001 short race before winning the junior race,) Tariku bore the expectations that come with a heavy name.
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The downside of dominance

Five years after his older brother won the men's World Cross Country junior race in Ostend, Tariku Bekele arrived in Fukuoka looking for a championship of his own. Where Kenenisa had been a family trailblazer, with only his own results to speak for him (including a silver in the 2001 short race before winning the junior race,) Tariku bore the expectations that come with a heavy name.... Read More

News01 Apr 2006

World Cross - A miler medals at last

It took the last running of the short race to finally draw a miler as a medallist. Morocco's Adil Kaouch, who took silver at 1500m in Helsinki, announced after the race that "I regret that there will not be forever a short race."

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News01 Apr 2006

USA benefits from a little planning

If the point needed demonstrating at all, Team USA showed in the last ever IAAF World Cross Country short race men's race (Sat 1 April) what can be achieved with a little bit of forethought and planning.

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News01 Apr 2006

Women's Long Race, Fukuoka - So near, but yet so far for Kiplagat, as Dibaba sprints clear

Fukuoka, Japan – It was looking so good for European Cross Country Champion Lornah Kiplagat of the Netherlands for approximately 7.7km of the women’s 8km Long Race on a chilly afternoon on the wind swept Fukuoka plain which faces the Genkai Sea.

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News01 Apr 2006

Men's Short Race, Fukuoka - Nine down, one to go.

Kenenisa Bekele duly claimed the IAAF World Cross Country Short Race title for the fifth time here on a chilly afternoon at the windswept Seaside Park in Fukuoka, winning a 4km race run at a fearsome pace from the gun.

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News01 Apr 2006

Women's Junior Race, Fukuoka - Kenyan Sweep

The World Cross Country Championships won't be in Kenya for another year, but you'd be forgiven for thinking this afternoon's first race in Fukuoka's Uminonakamichi Seaside Park was actually in Mombasa, particularly with the full set of Kenyan flags at the medal ceremony.

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News01 Apr 2006

Men's Junior Race Biographies

Men's Junior Race Biographies

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Men's Long Race Biographies

Men's Long Race Biographies

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Women's Short Race Biographies

Women's Long Race Biographies

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Women's Junior Race Biographies

Women's Junior Race Biographies

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News31 Mar 2006

Athletes’ Quotes - IAAF Press Conference, World Cross Country Championships, Fukuoka

Earlier today, the IAAF Press Conference for the 34th IAAF World Cross Country Championships was held in the JAL Resort Sea Hawk Hotel Fukuoka.

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News31 Mar 2006

Dibaba’s talking legs and tight lips ready for Fukuoka double

One wouldn't think that a runner who has destroyed so many world class fields in a very short period of time could remain so tight-lipped about her achievements. But Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba is that sort of an athlete - one who is always eager to let her legs to do the talking and always downplay her achievements.

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