1983 IAAF World Cross Country Championships
OrganisersIAAF
Edition11th
DateMarch 20
Host cityGateshead, Tyne and Wear, England England
VenueRiverside Park
Events3
Distances11.994 km – Senior men
8.033 km – Junior men
4.072 km – Senior women
Participation431 athletes from
35 nations

The 1983 IAAF World Cross Country Championships was held in Gateshead, England, at the Riverside Park on March 20, 1983. A report on the event was given in the Glasgow Herald[1] and in the Evening Times.[2]

Complete results for men,[3] junior men,[4] women,[5] medallists, [6] and the results of British athletes[7] were published.

Medallists

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual
Senior men
(11.994 km)
Bekele Debele
 Ethiopia
36:52 Carlos Lopes
 Portugal
36:52 Some Muge
 Kenya
36:52
Junior men
(8.033 km)
Fesseha Abebe
 Ethiopia
24:58 Angaso Telega
 Ethiopia
24:59 Jonathan Richards
 England
25:07
Senior women
(4.072 km)
Grete Waitz
 Norway
13:29 Alison Wiley
 Canada
13:37 Tatyana Pozdnyakova
 Soviet Union
13:37
Team
Senior men  Ethiopia 104  United States 170  Kenya 191
Junior men  Ethiopia 13  Spain 41  England 58
Senior women  United States 31  Soviet Union 41  Canada 53

Race results

Senior men's race (11.994 km)

Main article: 1983 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Senior men's race

Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time
1st place, gold medalist(s) Bekele Debele  Ethiopia 36:52
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Carlos Lopes  Portugal 36:52
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Some Muge  Kenya 36:52
4 Alberto Salazar  United States 36:53
5 Antonio Prieto  Spain 36:56
6 Rob de Castella  Australia 37:00
7 Dave Clarke  England 37:05
8 Ezequiel Canario  Portugal 37:10
9 Pat Porter  United States 37:12
10 Alberto Cova  Italy 37:17
11 Nat Muir  Scotland 37:24
12 Mehmet Yürdadön  Turkey 37:24
Full results
Teams
Rank Team Points
1st place, gold medalist(s)  Ethiopia
Bekele Debele 1
Eshetu Tura 14
Wodajo Bulti 20
Mohammed Kedir 22
Adugna Lema 23
Chala Urgessa 24
(Dejene Beyene) (50)
(Girma Berhanu) (58)
(Miruts Yifter) (67)
104
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  United States
Alberto Salazar 4
Pat Porter 9
Thom Hunt 28
Ed Eyestone 30
Craig Virgin 42
Mark Anderson 57
(Doug Brown) (118)
(Bill Donakowski) (147)
(John Idstrom) (160)
170
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Kenya
Some Muge 3
Paul Kipkoech 16
Joshua Kipkemboi 31
James Kipngetich 32
Jackson Ruto 37
Herman Kipngetich 72
(Sisa Kirati) (83)
(Dominic Wambua) (91)
(Joseph Otieno) (139)
191
4  Australia 193
5  Spain 206
6  Portugal 302
7  Italy 306
8  England 318
Full results

Junior men's race (8.033 km)

Main article: 1983 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Junior men's race

Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time
1st place, gold medalist(s) Fesseha Abebe  Ethiopia 24:58
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Angaso Telega  Ethiopia 24:59
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Jonathan Richards  England 25:07
4 Gonfa Negere  Ethiopia 25:22
5 José Manuel Albentosa  Spain 25:35
6 Teka Mekonnen  Ethiopia 25:40
7 Cyrille Laventure  France 25:51
8 Marc Olesen  Canada 25:53
9 Asfaw Tadesse  Ethiopia 25:57
10 Richard Carter  England 26:06
11 José Manuel García  Spain 26:10
12 Antonio Pérez  Spain 26:15
Full results
Teams
Rank Team Points
1st place, gold medalist(s)  Ethiopia
Fesseha Abebe 1
Angaso Telega 2
Gonfa Negere 4
Teka Mekonnen 6
(Asfaw Tadesse) (9)
(Disso Dissessa) (16)
13
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Spain
José Manuel Albentosa 5
José Manuel García 11
Antonio Pérez 12
José Zabaleta 13
(Joseba Sarriegui) (15)
(Alfredo Munoz) (17)
41
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  England
Jonathan Richards 3
Richard Carter 10
Clifton Bradeley 20
Phil Makepeace 25
(Paul Taylor) (39)
(Martin Vile) (55)
58
4  Canada 107
5  Tunisia 139
6  United States 145
7  Portugal 151
8  Italy 166
Full results

Senior women's race (4.072 km)

Main article: 1983 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Senior women's race

Individual race
Rank Athlete Country Time
1st place, gold medalist(s) Grete Waitz  Norway 13:29
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Alison Wiley  Canada 13:37
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Tatyana Pozdnyakova  Soviet Union 13:37
4 Joan Benoit  United States 13:57
5 Betty Springs  United States 14:00
6 Svetlana Ulmasova  Soviet Union 14:01
7 Francine Peeters  Belgium 14:03
8 Fiţa Lovin  Romania 14:04
9 Margaret Groos  United States 14:04
10 Aurora Cunha  Portugal 14:06
11 Alla Yushina  Soviet Union 14:08
12 Nancy Rooks  Canada 14:09
Full results
Teams
Rank Team Points
1st place, gold medalist(s)  United States
Joan Benoit 4
Betty Springs 5
Margaret Groos 9
Jan Merrill 13
(Nan Doak) (40)
(Kathy Hadler) (42)
31
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Soviet Union
Tatyana Pozdnyakova 3
Svetlana Ulmasova 6
Alla Yushina 11
Yelena Sipatova 21
(Lyudmila Medvedeva) (64)
(Alla Libutina) (DNF)
41
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Canada
Alison Wiley 2
Nancy Rooks 12
Anne-Marie Malone 16
Lynn Kanuka 23
(Wendy van Mierlo) (37)
(Lizanne Bussières) (45)
53
4  England 94
5  Romania 98
6  New Zealand 122
7  Portugal 122
8  Norway 149
Full results

Medal table (unofficial)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Ethiopia (ETH)4105
2 United States (USA)1102
3 Norway (NOR)1001
4 Canada (CAN)0112
 Soviet Union (URS)0112
6 Portugal (POR)0101
 Spain (ESP)0101
8 Kenya (KEN)0022
Totals (8 nations)66416

Participation

An unofficial count yields the participation of 431 athletes from 35 countries, one senior man athlete less than the official number published.[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ Gillon, Doug (21 March 1933), Men from the mountains clean up - A glimpse into the seemingly bottomless well of talented distance runners in Ethiopia was given at Gateshead yesterday, when the men from the mountains swept the boards in the world cross country championships..., Glasgow Herald, p. 18, retrieved 21 October 2013
  2. ^ Bekele's bombshell - Seeing 20-year-old Ethiopian soldier Bekele Debele win the world cross-country title by beating such stars as Alberto Salazar, and Carlos Lopes it was almost impossible to believe he took up running seriously only a year ago..., Evening Times, 21 March 1933, p. 12, retrieved 21 October 2013
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  6. ^ IAAF WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS, Athletics Weekly, retrieved 9 October 2013
  7. ^ 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 27 September 2013, retrieved 9 October 2013