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Masai defends title in Lausanne

30 March 2003– Avenches, Lausanne Switzerland – Play it again Sam. One would have been forgiven for thinking where have I seen this before, when Kenya’s Edith Masai won the Women’s Short Course title on Sunday. Because, she repeated her win and in 2nd place was Ethiopia’s Werknesh Kidane, again. [Read more…]

Bekele does Lausanne Double

Bekele defies age to take historic double double gold in Lausanne

World Cross Lausanne 2003

World Cross Lausanne 2003

30 March 2003 – Avenches, Lausanne Switzerland – At 20 years of age, one could forgive Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia for suffering from the pressures of trying to duplicate last year’s amazing double gold performance in Dublin. However, it seems that those spectating suffered more than the athlete of pre-race and mid-race nerves, as this superb athlete, yet again, provided the ‘unimaginable’. [Read more…]

Dibaba takes Lausanne Junior title

Avenches Lausanne, Switzerland – Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba waited till the last 200m before she unleashed her finishing attempt. Her devastating attack carried her to victory in the women’s junior race setting the tone for her country’s success on the first day of the 31st World Cross Country Championships. [Read more…]

Kipchoge takes Lausanne Junior title

Kipchoge a breath of fresh air to Kenyan pride

Avenches Lausanne – After Ethiopia’s successful clean sweep of the three individual titles on day one of the 31st IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Switzerland, and with the knowledge that the Ethiopians claimed all the main individual titles in 2002, a sigh of relief could be heard blowing through the Alps from the Kenyan officials. [Read more…]

Bekele takes 4k title in Lausanne

Victory sets Bekele to take double double

Bekele 4k title 200329 March 2003 – Avenche, Switzerland – Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele defended his short course title in spectacular ways..

This year he was not going to be the ‘surprise package of 2003’, he was a watched man, pursued by 4 Kenyans right from the start. The packing of the Kenyans in the first 10 was evident and the little Ethiopian was in for a rough ride.

However, he proved his true value as a cross country exponent when he pulled away from Kenya’s finest over the last 200m.

The manner with which he did this showed that he still carried much in the tank and tomorrow’s long course double looks like as though it may be on.

Bekele finished in a time of 11:01, 3 seconds ahead of John Kibowen with Benjamin Limo third. John Kibowen has won this title on 2 occasions previously, before the rise of Ethiopia and the World’s brightest prospect.

contributed by Time-to-Run source

Kidane takes Lausanne Long title

29 March 2003 – Avenche, Switzerland – Ethiopia’s Werknesh Kidane hung on to capture the Women’s long course title today, after a powerful attempt by the American Deena Drossin. [Read more…]

The 2003 World XCountry Championships Report Back

Kenenisa Bekele Lausanne 2003

Kenenisa Bekele Lausanne 2003

The World Cross Country Championships, Lausanne, Switzerland will be again remembered for the simply breathtaking performances of one athlete, Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia. [Read more…]