Kenya Wins Inaugural African XC Championships

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 8, 2011
Mercy Cherono is the reigning junior champion in the 3000m. Photo: IAAF.

Mercy Cherono is the reigning junior champion in the 3000m. Photo: IAAF.

The East African nation won all individual medals and all team titles.

South Africa hosted the inaugural African Cross-Country Championships last weekend. No surprise: Kenya took home all the indithe four race categories. Both the reigning world junior champions, John Mwangangi and Mercy Cherono ended up taking first place in the senior races.

Mwangangi is the junior champion in the 1500m, while Cherono is the junior women’s 3000m champion.

Kenya got things off to a good start in the women’s 6K junior race. They managed to take the top six positions with Caroline Chepkoech (19:59) breaking the tape and Mary Munanu finishing a second behind her. Munanu recalled afterwards that they worked together to get things off on the right foot for their country. “During our pre-race strategy session we agreed that the junior women will set the Kenyan trend at this event. So we went out in front at the start of the race and ran as a team over the first lap,” she said.

The outcome of the men’s junior 8K was no different with Kenya sweeping the top seven positions.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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