Kenyan teams dominated the World Mountain and Trail Running Championships took place Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9 in Innsbruck, Austria.
In the women’s Mountain Classic Senior event, Kenya scored 14 points to finish first while Great Britain and Northern Ireland finished in second place with 43. France was third with 46 points.
Congratulations to Kenya's team to the World Mountain Running Championships. Kenyans and the world is proud of you! pic.twitter.com/f1SLdI4ike— Justin Lagat (@LagatJustin) June 11, 2023
In the men’s event, Kenya again took gold with a low score of 15 points ahead of Italy with 30 and Spain 43.
Uganda’s Leonard Chemutai won the men’s main race, while Kenyan Philemon Kiriago led Kenya to the team title finishing second in the race. Chemutai finished in 56:14 while Kiriago clocked 56:22 in the closely-contested encounter while Germany’s Filimon Abraham took third in the time of 56:27.
Kiriago told World Athletics, “The race was fantastic, true to my training in Kenya. I’m so happy to bring a silver to Kenya. I’m hoping to bring all the gold medals to Kenya in 2025.”
Chris Balestrini was the top Canadian finisher in the Men’s Short Trail Race in 47th as the Men’s team place 16th for team 🇨🇦— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) June 8, 2023
Chris Balestrini était le meilleur finisseur canadien dans la course courte piste en 47e position et l’équipe masculine se classait 16e pour l’équipe 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/bYr8Tfsx5y
In the women’s event, American Grayson Murphy won in the time of 1:04:29, in second was Tove Anderson in 1:05:26 and taking third was Kenyan Joyce Muthoni clocking a 1:06:40 finish.
Other races included the Vertical, Trail Short, and Trail Long.
Countries sent large teams to compete at the multi-day event including Canada which sent 40 athletes. Kenya sent 16, and host Austria 32. Ukraine sent 15, US 44 and UK 47. Over 40 countries participated.