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Women runners set to battle for 2017 honours

Women runners set to battle for 2017 honours

With no IAAF World Cross Country Championships in 2016, many top distance runners had limited seasons on the international level.

But this is expected to change when they start building up for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017 which is set for March 26, 2017, by taking part in the different permit meets.

Of the world’s best track specialists, most ran just the odd cross-country race, while others didn’t compete on the surface at all. But some – such as Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon and Olympic steeplechase champion Ruth Jebet – used the cross-country season as an integral part of their preparation for the summer.

Kipyegon had two decisive triumphs in IAAF Cross Country Permit races in January, winning the Cross de Italica in Spain by 20 seconds and the Cinque Mulini in Italy by 48 seconds.

Jebet also had two January races on the IAAF Cross Country Permit circuit, finishing second in San Giorgio su Legnano and fifth in Antrim. In February she collected silver medals at the Arab Cross Country Championships and the Asian Cross Country Championships.

But the outstanding runner of the season was Alice Aprot who, in addition to her wins in San Giorgio su Legnano and Antrim, also dominated the permit event at home in Nairobi in February. She also triumphed at the African Cross Country Championships in March.

Aprot has also already opened this winter season with two races in Spain in November, finishing third in Atapuerca and first in Soria.

The European Cross Country Championships in December was dominated by Turkey as Yasemin Can and Meryem Akda scored a convincing 1-2, finishing half a minute ahead of third place.


courtesy of IAAF