Thursday, March 17, 2011

Did You Know…? World Class World Cross Edition

This weekend, the world’s best distance runners will gather in Punta Umbia, Spain to contest the 39th IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Did you know that KIMbia athletes have collected NINETEEN Top 5 finishes at World Cross? Paul Koech leads the way with an impressive four, including a silver medal in 1998 that might have been gold, had the unbeatable Paul Tergat not been in the field.  (Koech also finished sixth on two occasions.)

Individual medalists include Sammy Kipketer (silver, 2000 4k), Luke Kipkosgei (silver, 2002 4k), Daniel Komen (silver, 1998 4k), and John Yuda (silver, 2002 12k). Additionally, Top-10 finishes have come from Elana Meyer (6th in 1994 and 1995) and Elva Dryer (8th in 2002 4k).

A list of Top-10 finishes by KIMbia athletes is below.

  • Kathy Butler — 4th, 1999 (4k)
  • Abraham Chebii — 2nd, 2004 (4k) / 5th, 2000 (4k)
  • Lineth Chepkurui — 4th, 2009 / 5th, 2010
  • Elva Dryer — 8th, 1998 (4k)
  • Sammy Kipketer — 2nd, 2000 (4k) / 4th, 2001 (4k) & 2002 (4k)
  • Luke Kipkosgei — 2nd, 2002 (4k)
  • Thomas Kiplitan — 5th, 2003 (4k)
  • Paul Koech — 2nd, 1998 (12k) / 4th, 1996 (12k) & 1997 (12k) / 5th, 2003 (12k) / 6th, 1999 (12k) & 2000 (12k)
  • Daniel Komen — 2nd, 1998 (4k) [Also, silver medalist at the junior level in 1994]
  • James Koskei — 5th, 1999 (4k)
  • Elana Meyer — 6th, 1994 & 1995
  • Thomas Nyariki — 3rd, 1997 (12k) / 4th, 1998 (12k)
  • Evans Rutto — 5th, 1999 (12k)
  • John Yuda — 2nd, 2002 (12k)

Typical of the World Cross Country Championships, Kenya dominates our results, with ten Top-10 performers. Also represented are Tanzania (Yuda), Canada (Butler), South Africa (Meyer), and the United States (Dryer).

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