1973 IAAF World Cross Country Championships
OrganisersIAAF
Edition1st
DateMarch 17
Host cityWaregem, West Flanders, Belgium Belgium
VenueHippodroom Waregem
Events3
Distances12 km – Senior men
7 km – Junior men
4 km – Senior women
Participation286 athletes from
21 nations

The 1973 IAAF World Cross Country Championships was held in Waregem, Belgium, at the Hippodroom Waregem on March 17, 1973. A report on the event was given in the Glasgow Herald.[1]

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

Medallists

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual
Senior men
(12 km)
Pekka Päivärinta
 Finland
35:46.4 Mariano Haro
 Spain
35:46.5 Rod Dixon
 New Zealand
36:00
Junior men
(7 km)
Jim Brown
 Scotland
20:52.8 José Haro
 Spain
21:00.6 Léon Schots
 Belgium
21:07.2
Senior women
(4 km)
Paola Pigni
 Italy
13:45.2 Joyce Smith
 England
13:58 Josee van Santberghe
 Belgium
14:01
Team
Senior men  Belgium 109  Soviet Union 119  New Zealand 136
Junior men  Spain 18  Italy 22  England 24
Senior women  England 40  Finland 73  United States 90

Race results

Senior men's race (12 km)

Main article: 1973 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Senior men's race

Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time
1st place, gold medalist(s) Pekka Päivärinta  Finland 35:46.4
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Mariano Haro  Spain 35:46.5
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Rod Dixon  New Zealand 36:00
4 Tapio Kantanen  Finland 36:05
5 Willy Polleunis  Belgium 36:05
6 Roger Clark  England 36:08
7 Juan Hidalgo  Spain 36:12
8 Gaston Roelants  Belgium 36:13
9 Nikolay Sviridov  Soviet Union 36:19
10 Noel Tijou  France 36:21
11 Grenville Tuck  England 36:24
12 Dick Tayler  New Zealand 36:26
Full results
Teams
Rank Team Points
1st place, gold medalist(s)  Belgium
Willy Polleunis 5
Gaston Roelants 8
Eric de Beck 18
Erik Gijselinck 19
Karel Lismont 28
Marc Smet 31
(Edgard Salvé) (40)
(Herman Parmentier) (98)
109
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Soviet Union
Nikolay Sviridov 9
Pavel Andreyev 17
Nikolay Puklakov 21
Boris Olyanitskiy 22
Valentin Zotov 23
Vladimir Merkushin 27
(Petras Simonelis) (53)
(Vadim Mokalov) (73)
119
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  New Zealand
Rod Dixon 3
Dick Tayler 12
Bryan Rose 14
Euan Robertson 15
Eddie Gray 38
Nathan Healey 54
(John Sheddan) (59)
(Howard Healey) (130)
136
4  Finland 180
5  England 181
6  Spain 260
7  France 273
8  Scotland 291
Full results

Junior men's race (7 km)

Main article: 1973 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Junior men's race

Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time
1st place, gold medalist(s) Jim Brown  Scotland 20:52.8
2nd place, silver medalist(s) José Haro  Spain 21:00.6
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Léon Schots  Belgium 21:07.2
4 Franco Fava  Italy 21:15.2
5 Aldo Tomasini  Italy 21:27.6
6 Dennis Coates  England 21:27.6
7 José Luis Ruiz  Spain 21:32.2
8 Barry Smith  England 21:32.3
9 Fernando Cerrada  Spain 21:45
10 Tony Staynings  England 21:49
11 Reinosa Miramontes  Spain 21:49
12 Neil Coupland  England 21:49.1
Full results
Teams
Rank Team Points
1st place, gold medalist(s)  Spain
José Haro 2
José Luis Ruiz 7
Fernando Cerrada 9
(Reinosa Miramontes) (11)
18
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Italy
Franco Fava 4
Aldo Tomasini 5
Luca Bigatello 13
(Enrico Cantoreggi) (19)
(Gabriele Beretta) (25)
22
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  England
Dennis Coates 6
Barry Smith 8
Tony Staynings 10
(Neil Coupland) (12)
(Philip Jeffrey) (18)
24
4  Scotland 32
5  France 55
6  Belgium 57
7  Ireland 89
8   Switzerland 100
Full results

Senior women's race (4 km)

Main article: 1973 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Senior women's race

Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time
1st place, gold medalist(s) Paola Pigni  Italy 13:45.2
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Joyce Smith  England 13:58
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Josee van Santberghe  Belgium 14:01
4 Rita Ridley  England 14:02
5 Sinikka Tyynelä  Finland 14:09
6 Jean Lochhead  Wales 14:12
7 Marijke Moser   Switzerland 14:13
8 Irja Pettinen  Finland 14:14
9 Anne Garrett  New Zealand 14:15
10 Nina Holmén  Finland 14:16
11 Annie van de Kerkhof  Netherlands 14:20
12 Marleen Mols  Belgium 14:21
Full results
Teams
Rank Team Points
1st place, gold medalist(s)  England
Joyce Smith 2
Rita Ridley 4
Penny Yule 14
Carol Gould 20
(Barbara Banks) (23)
(Norine Braithwaite) (37)
40
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Finland
Sinikka Tyynelä 5
Irja Pettinen 8
Nina Holmén 10
Aila Koivistoinen 50
73
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  United States
Doris Brown 15
Francie Larrieu 16
Vicki Foltz 29
Caroline Walker 30
(Valerie Eberley) (32)
(Katy McIntyre) (40)
90
4  Italy 96
5  West Germany 99
6  New Zealand 103
7  Belgium 107
8  Ireland 115
Full results

Medal table (unofficial)

  *   Host nation (Belgium)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Spain1203
2 England1113
3 Finland1102
 Italy1102
5 Belgium*1023
6 Scotland1001
7 Soviet Union0101
8 New Zealand0022
9 United States0011
Totals (9 nations)66618

Participation

An unofficial count yields the participation of 286 athletes from 21 countries.

See also

References

  1. ^ Marshall, Ron (March 19, 1973), 'Brawn' breaks clear and lives up his name - A goodly ration of champagne in their hotel here last night, strictly speaking to celebrate Jim Brown's crushing win in the junior race, washed away much of the bitterness and frustration that had clung for several hours to the Scottish Senior cross country team..., Glasgow Herald, p. 2, retrieved October 9, 2013
  2. ^ Magnusson, Tomas (March 24, 2007), IAAF World Cross Country Championships - 12.0km CC Men - Waregem Date: Saturday, March 17, 1973, Athchamps (archived), archived from the original on October 16, 2007, retrieved October 9, 2013CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
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  4. ^ IAAF World Cross Country Championships - 4.0km CC Women - Waregem Date: Saturday, March 17, 1973, Athchamps (archived), March 24, 2007, archived from the original on October 16, 2007, retrieved October 9, 2013CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ IAAF WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS, Athletics Weekly, retrieved October 9, 2013
  6. ^ 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