(Xinhua) -- Kenya’s Hellen Obiri, the
reigning world 5,000-meter champion, achieved historic world
treble on Saturday when she won the IAAF World Cross Country
Championships in Aarhus, Denmark.
With the victory,
Obiri became the first woman to have won senior world titles
indoors, outdoors and at cross country.
Obiri covered the 10.24km course in 36:14, two seconds ahead
of Ethiopian Dera Dida, with two-time world U20 cross-country
champion Letesenbet Gidey third in 36:24.
Kenya and Ethiopia have occupied the top two spots in the
team race at every edition of these championships since 2002 and
that trend did not change in Aarhus 2019.
Uganda dominates men’s
race in IAAF Cross Country Championships
AARHUS, Denmark (Xinhua) --
Uganda dominated the men’s race as Joshua
Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo completed a 1-2 finish at the 2019
IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark on
It was the best result for Uganda in World Cross Country
The previous best for team Uganda was bronze medals in
Mombasa in 2007 and two years ago at Kampala.
With Thomas Ayeko finishing seventh and Joseph Ayeko 10th in
the race, Uganda also won the team title.
Cheptegei dashed clear of his teammate, the former junior
champion Jacob Kiplimo and the defending champion Geoffrey
Kamworor to take the world title with an advantage of 25 meters
in 31:40 over the 10,240m course.
Jacob Kiplimo was four seconds behind for the silver. Kenya’s
Geoffrey Kamworor, who won the title two years ago in Kampala,
came third in 31:55.
Kimutai return to China eyeing Chongqing Marathon titles
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Flomena Chepchirchir has overcome her
fitness challenge and will be up to contest for medals at
Sunday’s Chongqing Marathon in China.
Chepchirchir said she has opted to take the Chongqing
Marathon, which is part of the IAAF gold Label road race,
because she has the strength and stamina to take on tougher
opponents as she seeks to return to her winning form.
The Kenyan has not raced since May last year when she was
sixth at the Prague Marathon in the Czech Republic, but believes
she has what it takes to secure the gold medal on return to
"The selection of Chongqing Marathon was intentional.
"I heard it has a fast and good course and it would be good
for me to test how fast I can run against top challengers in
China," Chepchirchir said on Saturday.
"It will be hard to everyone, not just me and that is why I
have done enough training and pushed my body to the limit."
Chepchirchir’s compatriot Marius Kimutai will lead a deep
field to Chongqing Marathon aiming to attack the 2:09:49 course
record in the men’s section.
Among the nine participants who ran within two hours and 10
minutes, Kimutai is the fastest on paper with his personal best
of 2:05:47 set in Amsterdam in 2016.
"Past times and record mean nothing in the battle in the
"It only gives you the feeling you can run faster.
"The real test is in your mental power and the inner strength
to work hard and deliver the medal.
"I hope to overcome the challenges on the course and run a
fast time," Kimutai said.
Gebretsadik Abraha could be the biggest challenge to Kimutai.
The Ethiopian has an impressively consistent record over the
classic distance, running sub-2:10 each year for the past seven