Isaiah Koech Dominates Cross-Country Race In Brussels

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 20, 2011
Isiah Koech showed his cross-country prowess last Sunday. Photo: IAAF

He defeated the European champion.

Isiah Koech showed his cross-country prowess last Sunday. Photo: IAAF

He’s just 18 years old, but that doesn’t matter. Kenya’s Isaiah Koech has proven to the world that he is a force to be reckoned with. At the IAAF Cross Country Permit Meeting in Brussels, Belgium on Sunday, Koech won after seizing the lead with just halfway to go.

His eagerness to win was apparent from the start when he pushed the pace almost immediately. Only Gilbert Kirui and Atelaw Yeshetela Bekele were able to keep up with him.

Koech’s margin of victory at the finish was 45 seconds ahead of Bekele, this year’s European champion.

“This is my first race in Europe this season,” said Koech afterwards.  ”I am well prepared and training is going fine. I’m very confident about making more progress next year. I am always aiming higher and I want to perform well for Kenya. The Olympic Games are the main objective in 2012, I am already focused on London now. At the World Championships in Daegu I finished fourth in the 5000m. Next year I definitely want to be in the medals.”

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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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