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Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo and Kenya’s Beatrice Chebet repeat as gold medallists at the World Cross Country Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on Saturday.

Kiplimo worked with his competitors, then began to make his big move over the final lap. In 2023, Chebet was running in second place and only won when leader Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia collapsed metres from the finish line. This year, the Kenyan, like Kiplimo pulled away during that final lap for the win.

Like 2023, a Kenyan won the U20 men’s race in Samuel Kibathi and an Ethiopian won the women’s U20 race. She was Marta Alemayo. All five team champions repeated. Ethiopia won the U20 women’s team title and Kenya claimed the other four (men’s and women’s senior, men’s U20, and mixed relay).

Even the temperatures were unseasonably high in Friendship Park at a high of 26C (80F). Gone were the stacks of tires, that made such a unique zig-zag segment to the latter part of each 2K lap in Bathurst.

The final 400m was flat and groomed, making for a very fast-looking finish in each race.

Senior men

Finishing in second place in the men’s race was Ethiopian Berihu Aregawi who finished three seconds back of Kiplimo. Kenyan Benson Kiplangat took third a further two seconds back. Kenyan men took third, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth to win the team title. The top non-African was Spain’s Aarón Las Heras who finished in 17th position.

Kiplimo finished the five-lap, approximately 10K race in the time of 28:09.

“It actually feels more exciting to successfully defend my title than to win the first one,” said Kiplimo. “But it was also tougher. I came here expecting I could win again, but the field was really strong. The pace was fast, the guys kept pushing it and there was still a big group out in front. It wasn’t until the final three kilometres that I felt I needed to move to the front.

“The course was fine, a little challenging with the obstacles,” he added. “It was a little tough running in the heat, but that wasn’t a major issue.

“I was hungry for medals after missing Budapest last year. I was in good shape, but then the injury happened and I had to get treatment, but I am back now. My goal this year is to do what Joshua Cheptegei did and win an Olympic gold. My main focus is the 10,000m, but I’m not sure yet if I want to double.”

Senior women

Beatrice Chebet led four other Kenyan women across the line, going first through fifth to decimate the team category. The 24-year-old bettered a powerful field. She broke away with a hard surge with just 400m to go leaving Lilian Kasait Rengeruk hanging on to second place. Rengeruk did take silver in 31:08, while Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi won bronze in 31:09.

Chebet stopped the clock at 31:05.

The first non-African finisher was Norway’s Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal.

“We won the team title. That showed very strong teamwork,” said Chebet. “After trials, we trained together, we eat the same food. We were a team and being together helped us achieve the best result here. 

“It is not easy to come to a world championship and defend your title, there is a lot of pressure. My target was to be on the podium. I felt I was stronger with about 500m to go. The course was so good, the weather was good like in Kenya, very sunny, and the obstacles were not as hard.”

Results

Senior men

1Jacob KIPLIMO28:09 
2Berihu AREGAWI28:12 
3Benson KIPLANGAT28:14 
4Nicholas KIPKORIR28:16 
5Samwel Chebolei MASAI28:18 
6Joshua CHEPTEGEI28:24 
7Sabastian Kimaru SAWE28:31 
8Gideon Kipkertich RONO28:31 
9Thierry NDIKUMWENAYO28:36 
10Boki DIRIBA28:38 
11Dan KIBET28:45 
12Tadese WORKU28:50 
13Hosea KIPLANGAT28:50 
14Martin Magengo KIPROTICH28:56 
15Abderezak SULEMAN29:01 
16Chimdessa DEBELE29:05 
17Aarón LAS HERAS29:08 
18Leonard CHEMUTAI29:10 
19Berehanu TSEGU29:15 
20Mehdi FRÈRE29:16 
21Bennett SELOYI29:20 
22Anthony ROTICH29:22 
23Haftu STRINTZOS29:22 
24Edward MARKS29:22 
25Emmanuel BOR29:37 
26Getachew MASRESHA29:38 
27Will BARNICOAT29:39 
28Merhawi MEBRAHTU29:40 
29Liam ADAMS29:43 
30Patrick TIERNAN29:45 
31Emile HAFASHIMANA29:47 
32Awet HABTE29:50 
33Andries SESEDI29:50 
34Fernando CARRO29:51 
35Emmanuel ROUDOLFF29:51 
36Ahmed MUHUMED29:53 
37Christian ALLEN29:54 
38Brhane Negasi GEBREKRSTOS29:57 
39Miguel BAIDAL29:59 
40Nadeel WILDSCHUTT30:04 
41Philippe MORNEAU-CARTIER30:04 
42Wellington VAREVI30:07 
43Gulveer SINGH30:07 
44Calum JOHNSON30:07 
45Kartik KUMAR30:09 
46Andre WARING30:10 
47Chris MHLANGA30:14 
48Hiroto FUJIMAGARI30:15 
49Tom EVANS30:16 
50Hugh ARMSTRONG30:18 
51Zachary FACIONI30:20 
52Anthony CAMERIERI30:21 
53Rafael Vicente LOZA BEJARANO30:22 
54Célestin NDIKUMANA30:22 
55Ryuto IGAWA30:23 
56Keelan KILREHILL30:25 
57Andrew DAVIES30:27 
58Reid BUCHANAN30:27 
59Filmon KIBROM30:30 
60Felicien MUHITIRA30:34 
61Nassim HASSAOUS30:41 
62Mathews LEETO30:43 
63Thomas FAFARD30:44 
64William LITTLE30:44 
65Lionel NIHIMBAZWE30:48 
66Tomonori YAMAGUCHI30:49 
67Max TUREK30:49 
68James KINGSTON31:07 
69Julio CHACON31:12 
70Ivo BALABANOV31:16 
71Jean Marie BUKURU31:20 
72Aron KIFLE31:21 
73Patrick NIMUBONA31:22 
74Scott STIRLING31:25 
75Tomoya OGIKUBO31:28 
76Ulises MARTIN31:44 
77César Daniel GOMEZ PONCE31:47 
78Therence BIZOZA32:00 
79Emmanuel REYES32:01 
80Mike TATE32:24 
81Winer CANCHANYA32:27 
82Islam AMANGOS32:40 
83Chun Yin TSE33:22 
84Walter NINA33:27 
85Munir KABBARA33:35 
86Chun Khai Jon LIM33:41 
87Shaun GOH33:48 
88Hemraj GURJAR33:56 
89See Yeung CHONG33:58 
90Miguel Ángel BARZOLA34:10 
91Deniss ŠALKAUSKAS34:45 
92Ethan YAN34:56 
93Iván ZARCO35:01 
94Yannick MAGNAN35:09 
95Ming Wei Marcus ONG35:41 
96Tony HANNA36:01 
97Alexander MARUSICH36:02 
98Željko DABOVIĆ36:18 
99Samat KAZAKBAYEV37:20 
100Evueli TOIA38:25 
101Zoubaïrou AFIZ38:46 
102Peni BULIKIOBO40:56 
103Meng Tak LEONG41:06 
104Pramesh PRASAD41:37 
105Vishant REDDY42:23 
106Jeremiah SINGH42:59 
107Rupeni MATAITOGA48:30 
Connor BLACKDNF 
Michaël GRASDNF 
Ishmael Rokitto KIPKURUIDNF 
Kabelo MULAUDZIDNF 
Mohammad Karim YAQOOTDNS 
Alex KABAMBALE PALUKUDNS 
Omar ABOU HAMADDNS 
Imad JIZZINIDNS 
Ali Alrida KANAANDNS 
Ali H. MOURTADADNS 
Noel HITIMANADNS 
Emmanuel MUTABAZIDNS 
Jean Claude NSABIMANADNS 
Najmuddin ZUHURSHOHIDNS 

Senior Women

Women’s top-3 teams
🥇Kenya10
🥈Ethiopia41
🥉Uganda44
1Beatrice CHEBET31:05 
2Lilian Kasait RENGERUK31:08 
3Margaret Chelimo KIPKEMBOI31:09 
4Emmaculate Anyango ACHOL31:24 
5Agnes Jebet NGETICH31:27 
6Sarah CHELANGAT32:00 
7Daisy JEPKEMEI32:04 
8Bertukan WELDE32:14 
9Loice CHEKWEMOI32:24 
10Mebrat GIDEY32:27 
11Tadelech BEKELE32:29 
12Sisay Meseret GOLA32:30 
13Rachael Zena CHEBET32:45 
14Karoline Bjerkeli GRØVDAL32:49 
15Weini KELATI FREZGHI32:53 
16Annet Chemengich CHELANGAT32:56 
17Cintia CHEPNGENO33:02 
18Joy CHEPTOYEK33:13 
19Belinda CHEMUTAI33:16 
20Abbie DONNELLY33:17 
21Girmawit GEBRZIHAIR33:22 
22Miku SAKAI33:24 
23Anjelina Nadai LOHALITH33:26 
24Carolina ROBLES33:36 
25Bekelech TEKU33:43 
26Irene SÁNCHEZ-ESCRIBANO33:55 
27Erika TANOURA34:00 
28Kyla JACOBS34:07 
29Azusa MIHARA34:09 
30Allie OSTRANDER34:11 
31Paige CAMPBELL34:19 
32Glenrose XABA34:20 
33Abby NICHOLS34:27 
34Aydee LOAYZA HUAMAN34:28 
35Emma Grace HURLEY34:32 
36. SEEMA34:35 
37Majida MAAYOUF34:36 
38Glynis SIM34:37 
39Isabel BARREIRO34:37 
40Cacisile SOSIBO34:40 
41Georgie GRGEC34:43 
42Leslie SEXTON34:55 
43Shellcy Ester SARMIENTO35:00 
44Katelyn AYERS35:04 
45Lauren MCNEIL35:05 
46Alice GOODALL35:10 
47Cecile JAROUSSEAU35:10 
48Laura MAASIK35:15 
49Karabo MAILULA35:17 
50Kate BAZELEY35:17 
51. ANKITA35:26 
52Micheline NIYOMAHORO35:38 
53Melissa DUNCAN35:40 
54Mikaela LUCKI35:42 
55Annika PFITZINGER35:50 
56Margarita HERNANDEZ FLORES35:53 
57Silvia Patricia ORTIZ MOROCHO36:06 
58Cailie LOGUE36:14 
59Momoka KAWAGUCHI36:15 
60Zarita SUÁREZ36:17 
61Katie NEWLOVE36:19 
62Farida ABAROGE36:33 
63Fiona EVERARD36:35 
64Layla ALMASRI36:53 
65Danielle DONEGAN37:01 
66Meliza Estefany CASAICO37:23 
67Lisha VAN ONSELEN37:58 
68Anneke ARLIDGE38:13 
69Joan MAKARY38:33 
70Katherine CAMP38:45 
71Caitlin MCQUILKIN-BELL40:13 
72Chirine NJEIM40:42 
73Eliana SILVERA SILVA40:49 
74Esterina Irino JULIUS41:13 
75Perina Lokure NAKANG41:48 
76Vanessa Ying Zhuang LEE41:59 
77Nathania TAN42:13 
78Nada EL KURDI42:15 
79Slađana PEJOVIĆ43:53 
80Anjali KUMARI44:02 
81Karine SHRAIM44:25 
82Jennifer TOMAZOU45:56 
83Adi Fulori MASAU49:28 
84Adrianna SKUROSZ49:42 
Niamh BROWNDNF 
Lauren HEYESDNF 
Tayla KAVANAGHDNF 
Katie CAMARENADNF 
Adi Ama MASAUDNS 
Loaa ZAAROURDNS 
Rajabmo ABDULLOEVADNS 

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