IAAF World Cross Country Championships: Men’s Results and Team Scores

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland (Sporting Alert) –Ethiopia landed the men’s team title at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships men’s race in Bydgoszcz, Poland on Sunday.

The Ethiopians tallied 38 points to take first place and beat the United States, which performed better than the pundits expected to take second with 52pts, edging Kenya, which collected 54pts, Eritrea (75) and Uganda (76).

Japhet Kipyegon Korir of Kenya battled back-and-forth with his more experienced rivals before pulling away at the closing stages when he charged up the final hill to win the event in 32 minutes 45 seconds.

Following the young 19-year-old was defending champion Imane Merga, who tried to keep up with the pace of the leader. Merger moved away from Eritrea’s Teklemariam Medhin to take second in 32:51, with the latter coming home third three seconds afterward at 32:54.

The top five finishers were completed by Uganda’s pair Moses Ndiema Kipsiro (33:08) and Timothy Toroitich (33:09).

USA’s Ben True ran a fabulous race to take sixth in 33:11, with his teammates Chris Derrick (33:23, 10th), Ryan Vail (33:42, 17th) and Robert Mack (33:49, 19th) finishing well to help the team to the silver medal.

The last time the team standings read, Ethiopia, USA, Kenya, was in 1983 (IAAF STATS).

MEN’S TOP 20 – INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
1. Japhet Kipyegon Korir (Kenya) 32:45; 2. Imane Merga (Ethiopia) 32:51; 3. Teklemariam Medhin (Eritrea) 32:54; 4. Moses Ndiema Kipsiro (Uganda) 33:08; 5. Timothy Toroitich (Uganda) 33:09; 6. Ben True (U.S.) 33:11; 7. Goitom Kifle (Eritrea) 33:16; 8. Collis Birmingham (Australia) 33:18; 9. Feyisa Lilesa (Ethiopia) 33:22; 10. Chris Derrick (U.S.) 33:23; 11. Rabah Aboud (Algeria) 33:28; 12. Hosea Macharinyang (Kenya) 33:29; 13. Abera Chane (Ethiopia) 33:31; 14. Tesfaye Abera (Ethiopia) 33:35; 15. Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui (Kenya) 33:38; 16. Sergio Sanchez (Spain) 33:38; 17. Ryan Vail (U.S.) 33:42; 18. Abrar Osman Adem (Eritrea) 33:42; 19. Robert Mack (U.S.) 33:49; 20. Elroy Gelant (South Africa) 33:53

MEN’S TEAM SCORES
1. Ethiopia 38; 2. U.S. 52; 3. Kenya 54; 4. Eritrea 75; 5. Uganda 76; 6. Algeria 107; 7. Australia 116; 8. Spain 127; 9. Canada 140; 10. Poland 164; 11. Britain 166; 12. South Africa 256; 13. Rwanda 298; 14. Japan 306; 15. Sudan 350

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