1979 IAAF World Cross Country Championships

The 1979 IAAF World Cross Country Championships was held in Limerick, Ireland, at the Greenpark Racecourse on March 25, 1979. A report on the event was given in the Glasgow Herald.[1]

1979 IAAF World Cross Country Championships
OrganisersIAAF
Edition7th
DateMarch 25
Host cityLimerick, Munster, Ireland Republic of Ireland
VenueGreenpark Racecourse
Events3
Distances12 km – Senior men
7.36 km – Junior men
5.04 km – Senior women
Participation383 athletes from
27 nations

Complete results for men,[2] junior men,[3] women,[4] medallists, [5] and the results of British athletes[6] were published.

MedallistsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual
Senior men
(12 km)
John Treacy
  Ireland
37:20 Bronisław Malinowski
  Poland
37:29 Aleksandr Antipov
  Soviet Union
37:30
Junior men
(7.36 km)
Eddy de Pauw
  Belgium
23:02 Steve Binns
  England
23:09 Ildar Denikeyev
  Soviet Union
23:20
Senior women
(5.04 km)
Grete Waitz
  Norway
16:48 Raisa Smekhnova
  Soviet Union
17:14 Ellison Goodall
  United States
17:18
Team
Senior men   England 119   Ireland 198   Soviet Union 210
Junior men   Spain 57   England 74   Soviet Union 75
Senior women   United States 29   Soviet Union 48   England 68

Race resultsEdit

Senior men's race (12 km)Edit

Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time
  John Treacy   Ireland 37:20
  Bronisław Malinowski   Poland 37:29
  Aleksandr Antipov   Soviet Union 37:30
4 Tony Simmons   Wales 37:38
5 Léon Schots   Belgium 37:42
6 Vlastimil Zwiefelhofer   Czechoslovakia 37:45
7 Steve Jones   Wales 37:46
8 Frank Zimmermann   West Germany 37:48
9 Julian Goater   England 37:53
10 Nat Muir   Scotland 38:01
11 Danny McDaid   Ireland 38:02
12 Bogusław Mamiński   Poland 38:04
Full results
Teams
Rank Team Points
    England
Julian Goater 9
Mike McLeod 14
Andy Holden 20
Nick Rose 21
Bernie Ford 22
Nick Lees 33
(Roy Bailey) (37)
(Ken Newton) (73)
(Barry Smith) (89)
119
    Ireland
John Treacy 1
Danny McDaid 11
Gerry Deegan 43
Mick O'Shea 46
Donie Walsh 47
Tony Brien 50
(Eamonn Coghlan) (70)
(Ray Treacy) (79)
(Eddie Leddy) (127)
198
    Soviet Union
Aleksandr Antipov 3
Leonid Moseyev 18
Yuriy Mikhailov 35
Enn Sellik 38
Aleksandr Fedotkin 48
Vladimir Merkushin 68
(Valeriy Abramov) (75)
210
4   West Germany 211
5   Belgium 231
6   Australia 233
7   Poland 320
8   United States 341
Full results
  • Note: Athletes in parentheses did not score for the team result

Junior men's race (7.36 km)Edit

Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time
  Eddy de Pauw   Belgium 23:02
  Steve Binns   England 23:09
  Ildar Denikeyev   Soviet Union 23:20
4 Jeff Nelson   United States 23:22
5 Ian Clarke   Canada 23:29
6 Roberto Antiga   Italy 23:31
7 Faisal Touzri   Tunisia 23:32
8 Jorge García   Spain 23:33
9 Ezequiel Canario   Portugal 23:34
10 Ian Campbell   Scotland 23:35
11 Alastair Douglas   Scotland 23:36
12 Jim Hill   United States 23:37
Full results
Teams
Rank Team Points
    Spain
Jorge García 8
Pedro Garin 14
Valentin Rodríguez 17
José Maestra 18
(José Manuel Boix) (37)
(Jordi Castelló) (72)
57
    England
Steve Binns 2
Colin Moore 15
Geoff Turnbull 27
Dave Lewis 30
(Steve Cram) (36)
(Sean Connolly) (64)
74
    Soviet Union
Ildar Denikeyev 3
Sergey Kiselyov 16
Vladimir Bezlepkin 25
Abdurachman Ibragimov 31
75
4   Ireland 90
5   Italy 101
6   Scotland 101
7   United States 106
8   Canada 125
Full results
  • Note: Athletes in parentheses did not score for the team result

Senior women's race (5.04 km)Edit

Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time
  Grete Waitz   Norway 16:48
  Raisa Smekhnova   Soviet Union 17:14
  Ellison Goodall   United States 17:18
4 Ellen Wessinghage   West Germany 17:23
5 Svetlana Ulmasova   Soviet Union 17:25
6 Mary Purcell   Ireland 17:26
7 Jan Merrill   United States 17:33
8 Julie Shea   United States 17:41
9 Ann Ford   England 17:42
10 Cristina Tomasini   Italy 17:46
11 Margaret Groos   United States 17:47
12 Giana Romanova   Soviet Union 17:48
Full results
Teams
Rank Team Points
    United States
Ellison Goodall 3
Jan Merrill 7
Julie Shea 8
Margaret Groos 11
(Jennifer White) (19)
(Julie Brown) (36)
29
    Soviet Union
Raisa Smekhnova 2
Svetlana Ulmasova 5
Giana Romanova 12
Raisa Belusova 29
(Raisa Sadreydinova) (53)
48
    England
Ann Ford 9
Penny Yule 15
Paula Fudge 17
Regina Joyce 27
(Glynis Penny) (32)
(Ruth Smeeth) (42)
68
4   West Germany 101
5   New Zealand 107
6   Norway 134
7   Ireland 136
8   France 141
Full results
  • Note: Athletes in parentheses did not score for the team result

Medal table (unofficial)Edit

  *   Host nation (Ireland)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  England (ENG)1214
2  Ireland (IRL)*1102
3  United States (USA)1012
4  Belgium (BEL)1001
  Norway (NOR)1001
  Spain (ESP)1001
7  Soviet Union (URS)0246
8  Poland (POL)0101
Totals (8 nations)66618
  • Note: Totals include both individual and team medals, with medals in the team competition counting as one medal.

ParticipationEdit

An unofficial count yields the participation of 383 athletes from 27 countries. This is in agreement with the official numbers as published.[6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Marshall, Ron (March 19, 1973), Majestic triumph for Ireland's 'King John' - John Treacy, the 21-year-old holder of the world cross-country title, set alight the hearts of 25,000 impassioned Irish spectators yesterday afternoon here at Limerick Racecourse where he retained the championship in majestic fashion, covering the 12,000 metres in 37 min, 20sec..., Glasgow Herald, p. 18, retrieved October 18, 2013
  2. ^ Magnusson, Tomas (September 8, 2007), IAAF World Cross Country Championships - 12.0km CC Men - Limerick Green Park Date: Sunday, March 25, 1979, Athchamps (archived), archived from the original on October 16, 2007, retrieved October 18, 2013CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ Magnusson, Tomas (September 8, 2007), IAAF World Cross Country Championships - 7.4km CC Men - Limerick Green Park Date: Sunday, March 25, 1979, Athchamps (archived), archived from the original on October 16, 2007, retrieved October 18, 2013CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ Magnusson, Tomas (February 8, 2007), IAAF World Cross Country Championships - 5.0km CC Women -Limerick Green Park Date: Sunday, March 25, 1979, Athchamps (archived), archived from the original on October 16, 2007, retrieved October 18, 2013CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ IAAF WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS, Athletics Weekly, retrieved October 9, 2013
  6. ^ a b 36th IAAF WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS - EDINBURGH 2008 - FACTS & FIGURES - GREAT BRITAIN & NORTHERN IRELAND AT THE INTERNATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY & WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS (PDF), IAAF, p. 2ff, archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2013, retrieved October 9, 2013

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