Kicking away from a lead group of four with just over half a lap to go, Jemal Yimer Mekkonen cruised to victory in the 10,000m at the 21st edition of the African Athletics Championships which began today in Asaba, Nigeria.
Uganda’s Timothy Toroitich and Fionnuala McCormack of Ireland captured convincing victories at the 35th Cross Internacional de la Constitución, the second leg of 2016-17 IAAF Cross Country Permit series, on Sunday (27).
Kenya’s Edward Cheserek created history on Saturday (21) as he became the first man to win the prestigious NCAA Cross Country Championships for three successive years.
Four-time champion Imane Merga will return to Atapuerca, near the Spanish city of Burgos, for the 12th “Cross Internacional de Atapuerca”, the first of three Spanish races scheduled for this winter’s IAAF Cross Country Permit series which will get under way this Sunday (15).
After successive runner-up finishes, Faith Kipyegon won her first race of the season in the sixth and final race of the 2014/15 AK/KCB Cross Country Series in Sitok over 8km on Saturday (3).
Timothy Toroitich scored his third victory on Spanish soil this winter at the 35th edition of the Cross Internacional de Venta de Banos on Sunday (21).
World Cross fifth-place finisher Timothy Toroitich improved on his third-place finish in last year’s race to secure his second win on Spanish soil in as many weekends over 9.25km at the Cross Internacional de la Constitucion held in Alcobendas on Sunday (30).
Here is the first of the IAAF website’s weekly round-ups of the major cross-country races around the world in the coming months, in addition to individual previews and reports of the IAAF Cross Country Permit meetings, as we begin the build-up towards the highlight of the winter, the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China, on 28 March.
The 11th ‘Cross Internacional de Atapuerca’ marked the opening leg of this winter’s IAAF Cross Country Permit series which will reach the pinnacle with the IAAF World Cross Country Championships next March and saw victories from the Ethiopian duo Imane Merga and Belaynesh Oljira on Sunday (16).