Balkan Cross Country Championships

The Balkan Cross Country Championships is an annual international competition in cross country running between athletes from the Balkans. Organised by the Association of the Balkan Athletics Federations, it traces its history back to 1940 and has been held every year since 1958 (with the exception of 2010).

The championships features two races: a ten-kilometre (6.2-mile) race for men and an eight-kilometre (5-mile) race for women. The distances of the races have varied over the lifetime of the event. Originally the men's race was a 10 km race, but this changed to a 12 km (7.5 miles) race during the period from 1977 to 2008. The women's race began with a 2 km distance, increasing to 4 km in 1977, then 6 km from 1998 to 2008. National team competitions are held within the individual races, with each nation's score being the total of the finishing positions of their best three athletes.[1]

The first edition in 1940 was a men's only competition (Josip Kotnik of Yugoslavia was the inaugural winner). A 15-year gap followed after the onset of World War II and the regional event was reborn in 1955. A two-year gap followed, but the 1958 edition, where Yugoslavia's Olympic medallist and International Cross Country champion Franjo Mihalić was victorious, marked the full establishment of the competition; the Balkan championship was contested annually thereafter. A women's race was held for the first time the following year and Akhad Dil Ciraj of Turkey became the first women's champion.[1]

It is one of three major Balkan regional championships for the sport of athletics, alongside the two annual track and field events – the Balkan Games and the Balkan Indoor Athletics Championships.[2][3]

Past winnersEdit

Edition Year Men's winner Time (m:s) Women's winner Time (m:s)
1st 1940   Josip Kotnik (Kingdom of Yugoslavia) 24:40.4 Not held
2nd 1955   Drago Štritof (YUG) 31:21.6 Not held
3rd 1958   Franjo Mihalić (YUG) 31:33.8 Not held
4th 1959   Ioanis Glecos (GRE) 31:58.8   Gül Çıray Akbaş (TUR) 7:04.6
5th 1960   Constantin Grecescu (ROM) 31:11.0   Gül Çıray Akbaş (TUR) 6:33
6th 1961   Constantin Grecescu (ROM) 32:34.0   Florica Grecescu (ROM) 7:04.4
7th 1962   Constantin Grecescu (ROM) 31:02.4   Gül Çıray Akbaş (TUR) 6:31.8
8th 1963   Muharrem Dalkılıç (TUR) 29:54.4   Florica Grecescu (ROM) 5:19.6
9th 1964   Andrei Barabaș (ROM) 30:25.8   Florica Grecescu (ROM) 6:40.8
10th 1965   Muharem Dalkilic (TUR) 30:37.6   Kipra Danailova (BUL) 6:34.6
11th 1966   Nicolae Mustata (ROM) 30:02   Kipra Danailova (BUL) 6:19
12th 1967   Zoltan Vamoș (ROM) 29:58.6   Vera Nikolić (YUG) 6:23.8
13th 1968   Mikhail Zhelev (BUL) 28:52.6   Viorica Gabor (ROM) 7:28.2
14th 1969   Danijel Korica (YUG) 30:05.0   Djurdjica Rajher (YUG) 6:21.8
15th 1970   Danijel Korica (YUG) 30:13.6   Veselinka Milošević (YUG) 6:21.4
16th 1971   Danijel Korica (YUG) 29:51.0   Veselinka Milosević (YUG) 6:10.2
17th 1972   Danijel Korica (YUG) 29:43.6   Djurdjica Rajher (YUG) 6:15.2
18th 1973   Nicolae Mustata (ROM) 28:37.8   Totka Petrova (BUL) 6:11.2
19th 1974   Peter Svet (YUG) 31:55.4   Totka Petrova (BUL) 6:35.2
20th 1975   Stevan Vulović (YUG) 31:12.6   Natalia Andrei (ROM) 6:12.2
21st 1976   Mehmet Yurdadön (TUR) 31:27.0   Natalia Marasescu-Betini (ROM) 6:38.1
22nd 1977   Ilie Floroiu (ROM) 36:46.4   Natalia Marasescu-Betini (ROM) 13:10.0
23rd 1978   Mehmet Yurdadön (TUR) 35:03.8   Fița Lovin (ROM) 13:01.4
24th 1979   Ilie Floroiu (ROM) 36:48.4   Maricica Puică (ROM) 13:31.2
25th 1980   Ilie Floroiu (ROM) 37:35   Fița Lovin (ROM) 13:50
26th 1981   Marios Kalanidis (GRE) 35:03.4   Maricica Puică (ROM) 12:37.7
27th 1982   Mehmet Yurdadön (TUR) 35:47.8   Maricica Puică (ROM) 12:59.8
28th 1983   Mehmet Yurdadön (TUR) 38:45.6   Fița Lovin (ROM) 14:36.2
29th 1984   Gyorgy Marko (ROM) 37:09.4   Maricica Puică (ROM) 13:26.8
30th 1985   Gyorgy Marko (ROM) 36:55.6   Mariana Chirila (ROM) 13:20.7
31st 1986   Evgeni Ignatov (BUL) 38:46.3   Elena Fidatov (ROM) 13:42.4
32nd 1987   Evgeni Ignatov (BUL) 35:42.6   Paula Ilie-Ivan (ROM) 12:21.0
33rd 1988   Mladen Kršek (YUG) 36:04.0   Violeta Beclea-Szekely (ROM) 12:55.2
34th 1989   Evgeni Ignatov (BUL) 36:33.3   Iulia Besliu-Ionescu (ROM) 13:23.6
35th 1990   Goran Raičević (YUG) 32:32.6   Elena Fidatov (ROM) 13:05
36th 1991   Haydar Dogan (TUR) 36:37.1   Lenuta Alungulesei (ROM) 12:21.4
37th 1992   Goran Raičević (FR Yugoslavia) 34:08.0   Daniela Bran (ROM) 12:37.7
38th 1993   Zeki Öztürk (TUR) 36:08.1   Irini Theodoridou (GRE) 13:01.4
39th 1994   Goran Raičević (FR Yugoslavia) 35:30.0   Luminita Gogârlea (ROM) 12:43.5
40th 1995   Nicolae Negru (ROM) 36:09.2   Stela Olteanu (ROM) 13:11.0
41st 1996   Nicolae Negru (ROM) 38:06   Nuța Olaru (ROM) 14:11.6
42nd 1997   Nicolae Negru (ROM) 35:23.3   Olivera Jevtić (FR Yugoslavia) 12:54.8
43rd 1998   Dragoslav Prpa (FR Yugoslavia) 36:03.7   Olivera Jevtić (FR Yugoslavia) 19:18.8
44th 1999   Nicolae Negru (ROM) 34:50   Olivera Jevtić (FR Yugoslavia) 18:52
45th 2000   Dragoslav Prpa (FR Yugoslavia) 34:46   Olivera Jevtić (FR Yugoslavia) 19:42
46th 2001   Panagiotis Kharamis (GRE) 35:49.2   Maria Cristina Grosu-Mazilu (ROM) 19:03.7
47th 2002   Goran Stojilković (FR Yugoslavia) 34:20   Olivera Jevtić (FR Yugoslavia) 19:51
48th 2003   Labros Zaraggas (GRE) ?   Sonja Stolić (SCG) ?
49th 2004   Mirko Petrović (SRB) 36:24   Olivera Jevtić (SRB) 19:31
50th 2005   Abdülkadir Turk (TUR) 40:38   Cristina Casandra (ROM) 22:22
51st 2006   Abdil Ceylan (TUR) 38:51   Cristina Casandra (ROM) 21:11
52nd 2007   Marius Ionescu (ROM) 37:27   Sonja Stolić (SRB) 20:32
53rd 2008   Mirko Petrović (SRB) 36:15   Sonja Stolić (SRB) 18:30
54th 2009   Fatih Bilgic (TUR) 31:37.7   Konstantina Kefala (GRE) 28:28.9
2010 Not held
55th 2011   Mirko Petrović (SRB) 30:39   Olivera Jevtić (SRB) 27:45
56th 2012   Bekir Karayel (TUR) 28:59   Ancuța Bobocel (ROM) 26:47
57th 2013   Marius Ionescu (ROM) 31:09   Sonja Stolić (SRB) 28:00
58th 2014   Vedat Günen (TUR) 28:23   Özlem Kaya (TUR) 26:16
59th 2015   Hasan Pak (TUR) 31:17   Ancuța Bobocel (ROM) 27:42
60th 2016   Ramazan Özdemir (TUR) 30:11   Ancuța Bobocel (ROM) 27:05
61st 2017   Sedat Gönen (TUR) 33:41   Roxana Bârcă (ROM) 30:11
62nd 2018   Cihat Ulus (TUR) 29:25   Paula Todoran (ROM) 26:35
63rd 2019   Yitayew ABUHAY (ISR) 30:25   Nataliya LEHONKOVA  (UKR) 27:34

Participating countriesEdit

PresentEdit

  1.   Albania
  2.   Armenia
  3.   Bosnia and Herzegovina
  4.   Bulgaria
  5.   Croatia
  6.   Greece
  7.   North Macedonia
  8.   Moldova
  9.   Montenegro
  10.   Romania
  11.   Serbia
  12.   Turkey

Other MemberEdit

  1.   Azerbaijan
  2.   Georgia
  3.   Cyprus
  4.   Israel
  5.   Kosovo
  6.   San Marino
  7.   Slovenia
  8.   Ukraine

http://www.balkan-athletics.eu/members.php

FormerEdit

  1.   Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1940)
  2.   Yugoslavia (1943–1992)
  3.   FR Yugoslavia (1992–2003)
  4.   Serbia and Montenegro (2003–2006)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Karamata, Ozren & Gasparovic, Juraj (2013-05-06). Balkan Crosscountry Championships. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2013-09-22.
  2. ^ Balkan Games/Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2013-09-22.
  3. ^ Balkan Indoor Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2013-09-22.

External linksEdit