Birmingham Makes Australian XC Team

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 22, 2013
  • Updated Jan. 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM UTC
Collis Birmingham celebrates making the Australian Cross-Country team. Photo: IAAF

 The World Cross-Country Championships take place in March in Poland.It will be his sixth showing at Worlds as a senior.

Australia’s Collis Birmingham did what he had to do in order to qualify for the World Cross Country Championships. The Australian put on a tremendous kick at the men’s 12K selection race in Canberra on Sunday.

He was joined by Brett Robinson and Liam Adams at the halfway mark, before Birmingham made his move and took off ahead of his competitors.

“It didn’t feel like I was running any faster,” Birmingham later said of his decisive move.

His winning time was 34:21 in the race that wound through Stromlo Forest Park.

Birmingham has now been selected to the team six times as a senior. The highest placing that he’s achieved in the world championships was 29th in Amman, Jordan four years ago.

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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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