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