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Poor return in Jordan

African athletes dominated the IAAF World Cross-Country Championships in Jordan, with the first 25 men home all from the continent. Spain’s Carles Castillego was the first non-African to finish the men’s 12km race, some 1min 28sec behind the winner, Gebre-eqiabher Gebremariam, of Ethiopia.

Moses Ndlema Kipsiro was second, and Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese third. There were just four seconds separating the first five athletes, with Gebremariam sprionting home in 35min 02sec. South Africas’ challenge, admittedly the wrong word, was led by Stephen Morake, who clocked 36:47, to finish 32nd overall. Moorosi Soke (37:05) was 41st, and fellow South Africans Jeffrey Gwebu (37:21) and Tshamano Setone (37:27) 50th and 51st, respectively. South Africa finished ninth in the men’s team event. The 8km women’s race told a similar story for South Africa, who placed 10th overall in the team competition. Kenya filled three of the first four positions with Florence Kiplagat winning in 26:13. The first South African to cross the line was Lebogang Phalula, two min 10sec off the pace in 28:23, in 29th position. Deno Lebo Phalula was 39th in 28:46 and Johanna van Schalkwyk 56th in 29:07. Among the juniors, Maxine Heine-Wacker placed 38th, some 2:10 off the winner in the women’s race and Mfumaneko Fadane (47th) was the leading South African junior male across the line in 25:51, some 2:25 off the winner, Ayele Abshero of Ethiopia.


  1. Nico

    April 1, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    What rubbish heading: “Poor return for SA in Cross-Country”

    What is poor about 9th position in a real, competitive global event? Not rugby, cricket, sevens, jukskei etc., but X-country running!

    No SASCOC, very poor heading.

  2. SA fan

    April 2, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Nico, what you you smoking dude? our men finished 9th as a team. Rwanda were 10th. the individual athletes were 32nd, 41st, 50th, 51st, 95th and 107th? and you reckon that’s not poor? or, are you saying that 32nd, 41st, 50th, 51st, 95th and 107th in an international event is actually good? ok SASCOC, please change the heading: Excellent return for SA in Cross-Country! Nico, that stuff you’re on is sure good.

  3. Tebogo

    April 2, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    U dnt know what its like out there. Those “african athletes” u are refering are full time runners. We are not fortunate enough 2 make a living out running (esp cross country) in SA. I have 2 work, be a student and run. Before u make stupid comments please look at the reality and facts about SA runners then u can talk. I am an athlete and I know what I am talking about. And for the record I was in Jordan and YES we did WELL.

  4. Tebogo

    April 2, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    To the “The SA fan” do u even know what is cross country?

  5. Glen Bentley

    April 20, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Hi “SA Fan”. That’ s not how SA fans talk. In Brazil, Brazilian fans cry if their soccer team don’t win the world cup, the same in Argentina.

    I agree with Nico and Tebogo. Firstly, Tebogo is an Athlete who participated at the event in Jordan, and for an athlete to read such a message on the internet is quite demoralising. She and the rest of the team represented all of us as South Africans. For an athlete to finish 32nd in the world, is good. I suggest you look at the results on the internet and spesifically look at the laps. If you look at the ladies race, I believe they also did very well.

    If you understand Cross Country, you will know it is the most difficult discipline in athletics. Everybody, from road running, to track and field (from 800m to 10000m) run Cross Country.

    With the introduction of a head coach by ASA, athletes were exposed to a different type of training. i.e. three sessions per day instead of two. I am told he believes that we have some of the most talented runners in the world.

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