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Historic Day in Youth Olympic Park as Cross Country Returns With Golds for Kenya, Ethiopia, Burundi, and Uganda at Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018

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Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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STORY HEADLINE: HISTORIC DAY IN YOUTH OLYMPIC PARK AS CROSS COUNTRY RETURNS WITH GOLDS FOR KENYA, ETHIOPIA, BURUNDI, AND UGANDA AT YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES BUENOS AIRES 2018

DATE: 15 October, 2018

LOCATION: Buenos Aires, Argentina

LANGUAGE: English, Amharic, Swahili, Kirundi

 

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History was made at Buenos Aires 2018 as Cross Country returned to the programme of an Olympic event for the first time since Paris 1924.

Back then the legendary Paavo Nurmi won five gold medals, including Cross Country, both in the individual and team events. The format for the Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires 2018 was quite a bit different. The placings of athletes in each individual event and in the cross-country race will be added to determine the overall final placings with the athlete having the lowest total score being the overall winner. The results of the cross-country race will be adjusted to reflect separate rankings for the 1500m, 3000m and 2000m steeplechase respectively with medals being allocated accordingly in the three individual track disciplines.

In the Men’s Cross Country Jackson Muema of Kenya and Berihu Aregawi broke away from the rest of the field. Muema finished third in the 3,000m track event, Aregawi second. Uganda’s Oscar Chelimo had won that race but struggled to live with his rivals on a flat cross country with the baking hot sun the only real challenge. Muemo and Aregawi played cat and mouse with each other until the 17-year-old Kenyan broke clear to claim gold. Aregawi won silver. Chelimo took bronze despite beating the pair in the track event, though did appear last Thursday that his rivals were holding back for the Cross Country stage and this proved to be the case.

Trailing in behind them in the men’s cross country in fourth was Burundi’s Jean de Dieu Butoyi but that guaranteed the 16-year-old gold in the 1500m/Cross Country, despite being only the third fastest on the track in the metric mile last week. Anass Essayi won silver in the same event, finishing sixth in the cross country. Seventh place meant the fastest over 1500m, Melese Nberet, had to settle for bronze, despite being quickest in the 1500m heats last Friday.

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