JUNIOR MEN’s PREVIEW – World Cross Country Championships

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    Monte-Carlo – 137 young athletes born in 1988, 1989 or 1990 representing 38 countries will take part in the 8-kilometre junior men’s race on Mombasa’s golf course at the 35th IAAF World Cross Country Championships, 24 March, Mombasa, Kenya.

    After seeing Kenyans Augustine Choge and Mang’ata Ndiwa claim the 2005 and 2006 World Junior Cross Country gold medals respectively in St-Etienne/St-Galmier 2005 and Fukuoka 2006, the Ethiopian squad will be highly motivated to claim a title which was last in their hands when Tadesse Meba defeated Boniface Kiprop and Ernest Meli in Brussels’ Ossegem Park in 2004.

    Not only has the individual junior title eluded Ethiopians for the last two years, the junior team title has seen an almost total monopoly from Kenya as the Eastern Africans have conquered all but one team gold (Ethiopia in 1998) since 1988!

    IAAF article

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