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Hellen Obiri makes history in IAAF Cross Country Championships

AARHUS, Denmark (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.
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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 Saturday.

It was the best result for Uganda in World Cross Country Championships.

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.
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Chepchirchir, 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 China.

"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 Chongqing Marathon.

"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 seasons.

             

 

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