Serhiy Lebid Going For 10th XC Title

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 22, 2012
  • Updated Nov. 23, 2012 at 3:05 PM UTC
At 37, Serhiy Lebid wants to keep winning. Photo:

He has dominated the European cross-country circuit for decades.

Ukrainian distance-running ace Serhiy Lebid isn’t letting his age get in the way. At 37, Lebid is attempting to win this 10th European Cross-Country title.

The championships take place on December 3 in Budapest.

Since 1994, Lebid is the only athlete to have competed in every annual championship. However, last year’s race was not a good one for him as he dropped out near the 7.5K mark of the 10K race.

At the time he had this to say about his DNF, “I felt I could not improve, I was, at that time, running at around 15th or 16th position. The podium was too far away for me.”

According to a report on the European Athletics Web site, Lebid has been meticulously planning for this year’s race.

“In October I began my special preparation in a training camp in Evpatoria and now I’m training in Kislovodsk, [which is] my annual altitude preparation before the champs.”

Lebid’s amazing streak of wins began in 1998.


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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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