2019 World Cross Country Championships By The Numbers

By K Ken Nakamura (@KKenNakamura)

Men's Senior Race 

Joshua Cheptegei won first gold for Uganda 

Previously their best medal was silver by Moses Kipsiro back in 2009

Uganda won first team gold in senior men's race

Uganda had won team bronze but never team gold nor silver

Uganda went 1-2

For the first time since 1976, anybody other than Kenya or Ethiopia won multiple medals at senior men's race in World Cross. 

- In 1976 England won silver and bronze 

- in 1974 Belgium won gold and bronze 

So Uganda is the first country other than Kenya or Ethiopia to win gold and silver

Women's Senior Race 

Hellen Obiri became 10th woman to win both World Championships and World Cross Country Championships.

And of course, Hellen Obiri became first woman to win both World Indoor (2012 3000m) and World Cross

96 points is the largest difference in team score between third and fourth in senior women's race

:23 seconds is the largest difference between third and fourth in senior women's race.

For the 7th time in history, Kenya women won both senior (Obiri) and junior (U20) (Chebet) race 

Men's U20 race 

Kenya failed to get individual medal in U20 men's race for the first time since 1984.

110 points is the largest difference in team score between 3rd and 4th in U20 men's race

First team Silver for Uganda at U20 race 

Women's U20 race 

For the fourth time in history of U20 Women's race, zero seconds separated 1st and 2nd.

Zero seconds separated 1st and 3rd in U20 women's race; last time (and only other time) that happened was back in 2001.

For the 5th time in history of U20 Women's race, one second separated 3rd and 4th.  

One point (72 for Japan vs 73 for Uganda) separated third from fourth in the U20 women's team race. It is the smallest ever difference between third and fourth.

Beatrice Chebet became sixth woman to win both World Cross U20 race and World Junior title (in her case 5000m)  

Best Non-African born finish 

U20 Women: Ayuka Kamaza (JPN) in 14th

U20 Men: Jakob Ingebrigtsen (NOR) in 12th

Senior Women: Anna Møller (DEN) in 15th)

Senior Men: Robel Fsiha (SWE) in 17th 

So in three of the four events a Scandinavian recorded best non-African finish

Mixed Relay

:33 second winning margin in the mixed relay is larger than two years ago (Eight seconds)

:32 second difference between third and fourth is smaller than two years ago (43 seconds) in the mixed relays

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