Athletics-Kenya and Ethiopia renew World Cross Country rivalry

Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor, a two-time World Half Marathon champion, will attempt to win consecutive senior men's titles for the first time since Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele's reign from 2002 to 2006. "I want to build up on this win and maybe do what Stephen Kiprotich has done for this country". A student at Sheffield Hallam University, 19-year-old Shields secured his place by winning the Inter Counties race which served as a trial for the Worlds Championships.

Since 1973 when the IAAF World Cross Country Championships were inaugurated, replacing the International Cross Country Championships, both Kenya and Ethiopia have between them won a whopping 559 of the 996 possible medals.

Kenya and their east African middle and long-distance running rivals, Ethiopia, will come face-to-face again at the 42nd World Cross Country Championships in the Ugandan capital Kampala on Sunday.

"We'll be competing against ourselves", is how Mark Chumo, who works at the association, candidly put it.

Better known as a pace maker, Vincent Rono finished fourth at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships, just a few seconds behind Kamworor.

Uganda's Jacob Kipling won the race in 22:40.

The world cross country championship is considered one of the most hard races to win, even more hard than the Olympic Games, due to the tough course terrains. The competition was changed from an annual to a biennial event in 2011.

Rotherham, second previous year, have a strong medal chance in the women's race.

Lucy the 2011 Liberia female Marathon victor ran the 500 Kilometer Junior race and finished 93 with a time of twenty Seven Minutes forty one seconds (27:41) while Andrew dislocated his arm during the Cleaning of the barrel of the lap as he fall on his arm in serious pains.

Besides Liberia, other African countries that have confirmed their participation include The Gambia, Morocco, Algeria, Comoros, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and host Uganda.

Leeds City runners Tommy Dawson and Ethan Hussey run for England Schools junior boys team in the SIAB Home Countries global at Port Talbot, Wales today.

Toroitich finished fifth in the world cross country championships in 2013, and was eighth in the 10,000m at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015.

In the final lap, the odds suddenly turned against Ugandans as Joshua Cheptegei, who had broken further away from Kamworor, was overtaken by the defending champion, Kenya's Leonard Barsoton, who took silver, and Ethiopia's Abadi Hadis, who took bronze.

There was a pile up at the finish line of the race as athletes collapsed due to exhaustion.

  • Leroy Wright