The Trofeo Alasport, also known as the Cross di Alà dei Sardi, is an annual cross country running competition which takes place in March in Alà dei Sardi on the Italian island of Sardinia. Unusually for a high-profile cross country event, it has often been held after the IAAF World Cross Country Championships which occurs in late March. The Trofeo Alasport is traditionally the final event of the cross country season in Italy.
|Location||Alà dei Sardi, Italy|
|Event type||Cross country|
|Distance||11 kilometres (6.8 mi) for men|
5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi) for women
The competition was initiated in 1973 by a local athletics enthusiast, Antonello Baltolu, and has been held on an annual basis since then by the local sports association, the Società Sportiva Alasport. It is one of the foremost competitions of its type in Italy, alongside the Cinque Mulini, and attracts international competitors of the highest calibre. Former winners of the event include numerous world cross country champions, such as Paul Tergat, John Ngugi, Kenenisa Bekele and Khalid Skah in the men's race, while Albertina Dias, Gete Wami and Jackline Maranga have won on the women's side.
The men's elite race is held over roughly 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) while the women's competition is half that distance at around 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi). The Trofeo Alasport began as a domestic event but quickly took on an international nature, with British Olympian John Bicourt becoming the first foreign winner at the fourth edition. Belgium's Léon Schots was the first world champion to take victory in Alà dei Sardi in 1983. African names came to dominate the winner's lists from the 1990s onwards, with Susan Sirma of Kenya ushering in the change with back-to-back victories in 1991 and 1992. In addition to these elite level races, amateur competitions are also featured on the programme of the day's events, as well as number of shorter youth-level races.
The competition has been held every year with the exceptions of 1980 and a brief suspension of the event between 2005 and 2007. Since 1986, the Trofeo Alasport has also been designated as the Trofeo Presidente della Repubblica, an honorific in recognition from the President of Italy.
Past elite race winnersEdit
|Edition||Year||Men's winner||Time (m:s)||Women's winner||Time (m:s)|
|1st||1973||Vincenzo Chessa (ITA)||?||Caterina Corrò (ITA)||?|
|2nd||1974||Giovanni Flore (ITA)||?||Luisa Marci (ITA)||?|
|3rd||1975||Luigi Zarcone (ITA)||?||Margherita Gargano (ITA)||?|
|4th||1976||John Bicourt (GBR)||?||Cristina Tomasini (ITA)||?|
|5th||1977||Luigi Zarcone (ITA)||?||Margherita Gargano (ITA)||?|
|6th||1978||Franco Fava (ITA)||30:55.4||Margherita Gargano (ITA)||11:17.7|
|7th||1979||Bronisław Malinowski (POL)||31:02.0||Gabriella Dorio (ITA)||11:05.4|
|8th||1981||Bogusław Mamiński (POL)||29:55.3||Cristina Tomasini (ITA)||11:10.4|
|9th||1982||Venanzio Ortis (ITA)||?||Cristina Tomasini (ITA)||?|
|10th||1983||Léon Schots (BEL)||32:14.1||Cristina Tomasini (ITA)||11:54.1|
|11th||1984||Jerry Helm (GBR)||34:14.8||Alba Milana (ITA)||15:07.0|
|12th||1985||Bogusław Psujek (POL)||?||Kathy Carter-Binns (GBR)||?|
|13th||1986||Bogusław Mamiński (POL)||?||Cristina Tomasini (ITA)||?|
|14th||1987||Franco Boffi (ITA)||?||Jane Shields (GBR)||?|
|15th||1988||Eamonn Martin (GBR)||32:44.9||Angela Tooby (GBR)||14:43.5|
|16th||1989||Gary Staines (GBR)||32:37.1||Yvonne Murray (GBR)||14:23.0|
|17th||1990||Francesco Panetta (ITA)||31:15||Jeanne-Marie Pipoz (SUI)||13:45|
|18th||1991||Arturo Barrios (MEX)||31:15.0||Susan Sirma (KEN)||13:33.5|
|19th||1992||John Ngugi (KEN)||30:43.7||Susan Sirma (KEN)||13:48.7|
|20th||1993||Fita Bayisa (ETH)||30:24.9||Rosanna Munerotto (ITA)||16:58.1|
|21st||1994||Salah Hissou (MAR)||30:23.7||Albertina Dias (POR)||17:26.6|
|22nd||1995||Fita Bayisa (ETH)||30:28||Albertina Dias (POR)||17:18|
|23rd||1996||Khalid Skah (MAR)||32:26||Lidia Camberg (POL)||18:38|
|24th||1997||Salah Hissou (MAR)||30:57.8||Tegla Loroupe (KEN)||17:23.4|
|25th||1998||Paul Tergat (KEN)||32:25||Jackline Maranga (KEN)||18:14|
|26th||1999||Paul Kosgei (KEN)||30:39||Sarah Kavina (TAN)||18:02|
|27th||2000||Paul Kosgei (KEN)||30:19.6||Merima Denboba (ETH)||17:11.2|
|28th||2001||Paul Kosgei (KEN)||31:36.8||Gete Wami (ETH)||17:13.2|
|29th||2002||Richard Limo (KEN)||29:53.1||Merima Denboba (ETH)||16:53.2|
|30th||2003||Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)||31:55.9||Merima Denboba (ETH)||18:22.0|
|31st||2004||Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)||31:57||Meselech Melkamu (ETH)||18:03|
|Race not held 2005–2007|
|32nd||2008||Tariku Bekele (ETH)||32:05||Mestawet Tufa (ETH)||17:49|
|33rd||2009||Moses Mosop (KEN)||31:59.4||Florence Kiplagat (KEN)||17:33.5|
|34th||2010||Zersenay Tadese (ERI)||31:38||Sule Utura (ETH)||18:03|
|35th||2011||Imane Merga (ETH)||32:11||Sylvia Kibet (KEN)||18:02|
|36th||2012||John Kipkoech (KEN)||32:11||Priscah Cherono (KEN)||17:56|
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- Sampaolo, Diego (2011-03-28). Another cross country win for World champion Merga - Alà dei Sardi report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-30.
- Atletica: cross, parata di campioni ad Alà dei Sardi Archived 2012-09-14 at archive.today (in Italian). L'Unione Sarda. Retrieved on 2011-03-30.
- Sampaolo, Diego (2008-04-07). Bekele and Tufa take xc wins in Sardinia. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-30.
- Civai, Franco (2010-03-16). Cross di Alà dei Sardi. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-03-30.
- Ala' dei Sardi - 35° Trofeo Alasport - Manifestazione Internazionale di Corsa Campestre[permanent dead link] (in Italian). Gallura In Tasca. Retrieved on 2011-03-30.
- List of winners