Track and Field

Kenya sweeps senior races at IAAF World Cross Country Championships

Defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya won gold in the 10-kilometre race at the IAAF World Cross Country championships on Sunday in Kampala, Uganda. Kenya's Irene Cheptai won the senior women's 10km event and was followed by five teammates to round out the top six.

Defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor wins 10km event in Kampala, Uganda

Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya, seen celebrating a previous victory, defended his title in the men's senior race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda on Sunday. (Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya won gold in the 10-kilometre race at the IAAF World Cross Country championships on Sunday in Kampala, Uganda.

Kamworor, who becomes the first back-to-back senior men's winner since 2006, posted a winning time of 28 minutes, 24 seconds. 

Earlier, Kenya's Irene Cheptai won the senior women's 10km event with a time of 31:57 and was followed by five teammates to round out the top six finishers. 

Sasha Gollish was the top Canadian in the women's event with a 41st-place finish and a time of 35:56. 

Jacob Kiplimo provided a treat for the home crowd by winning the men's 8km under-20 race with a time of 22:40 to become the first Ugandan to win a world cross-country gold. 

Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey defended her title in the women's 6km U-20 event with a time of 18:34. Hannah Bennison (24th, 20:54) and Brogan MacDougall (30th, 21:08) were the top Canadians. 

Kenya also finished at the top of the podium in the inaugural mixed relay.

A total of $310,000 US in prize money will be awarded by the IAAF to the leading runners in the senior races.

Winners of the individual men's and women's races will each earn $30,000, with money paid out to the top six finishers.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?