IAAF World Cross Country Championships is the most important competition in international cross country running. Held annually and organised by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), it was inaugurated in 1973, when it replaced the International Cross Country Championships. It was an annual competition until 2011, when the IAAF changed it to a biennial event. Below you'll find video from the 2013 World Championship in Bydgoszcz Poland.
(photo: Ben True at 2012 US olympic 5K trials) BYDGOSZCZ, Poland--In one of the most surprising performances in recent memory, Team USA, led by the sixth place finish of Ben True (Hanover, N.H.) earned a hard fought team silver medal in the senior men's 12-kilometer race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships at Myslecinek Park. The senior women’s team placed fourth with the junior men fourth and the junior women sixth.
After all the threats of rain, Lisbon woke up to bright sunshine, but the main problem was the strong wind that faced athletes today (24) in the second half of EDP Lisbon Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.
With Kenya’s 2011 gold and silver medallists Vivian Cheruiyot and Linet Masai opting to focus on the summer season, and Ethiopia’s four-time winner and Olympic 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba withdrawing through injury, the senior women’s race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland this Sunday (24) could be viewed as an open affair.
Two years ago, when Imane Merga won at the last IAAF World Cross country Championships, it was a slight surprise to many people as the Ethiopian had a reputation for competing well on the track but rarely winning.
- Merga motivated to defend his IAAF World Cross Country Championships title in Bydgoszcz
- Pointers from the 2013 IAAF Cross Country Permit series - Bydgoszcz - Two Weeks to Go
- Derrick, Conley highlight Team USA for World Cross Country Championships
- Bydgoszcz - One Month to Go - IAAF World Cross Country Championships