|2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships|
|Host city||Mombasa, Kenya|
|Venue||Mombasa Golf Course|
|Distances||12 km – Senior men |
8 km – Junior men
8 km – Senior women
6 km – Junior women
|Participation||470 athletes from |
The 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships took place on March 24, 2007. The races were held at the Mombasa Golf Course in Mombasa, Kenya. Four races took place, one for men, women, junior men and junior women respectively. All races encompassed both individual and team competition. The short race for men and women that was run between 1998 and 2006 was scrapped and the World Cross Country Championships went back to one-day format. Reports of the event were given in the Herald, and for the IAAF.
When Athletics Kenya (AK, the national governing body of Athletics) applied for the event, it used the slogan "Cross Country Comes Home", referring to Kenyan and East African traditional dominance at the event. Nevertheless, no formidable Kenyan runners are known to come from Kenyan Coast Province. Instead, successful Kenyan runners typically represent Kalenjin tribes who reside in The Rift Valley Kenya, approximately 700-800 kilometres from Mombasa. AK chose Mombasa as a venue due to better infrastructure (such as hotels) compared to other cities. The 2007 World Cross Country Championships is one of the biggest international athletics event held in Kenya since the 1987 All-Africa Games, held 20 years ago in Nairobi. Another event held in Kenya was the 2003 Cricket World Cup.
Other applicants for the event were Miami in the United States and Madrid in Spain, both withdrew their candidature before final vote. The World Cross Country Championships have been held in Africa three times before. In 1975 and 1998 it was held in Morocco, the 1996 event took place in South Africa.
There was also an IAAF Council meeting held in Mombasa, at which the host cities for 2011 and 2013 IAAF World Championships in Athletics were selected.
Mombasa, the host, is the second largest city in Kenya, a major port town and tourist center. The event was held at Mombasa Golf Club, located in Mombasa Island, just east of the Kilindini Harbour. The track was curvy but relatively flat. The underlying ground was mostly grass.
The weather was sunny, hot and humid, typical of Mombasa, resulting in exhausting conditions. This kind of weather may affect competitors who hail from distant latitudes, but also Kenyan and Ethiopian runners, who often come from cooler highland areas. One victim was Pauline Korikwiang, Kenyan runner who was attempting to defend her junior women's title but fainted one kilometer before the finishing line.
|36:13||Bernard Kiprop Kipyego
|24:07||Vincent Kiprop Chepkok
|24:12||Mathew Kipkoech Kisorio
|Linet Chepkwemoi Barasa
|20:52||Mercy Jelimo Kosgei
|20:59||Veronica Nyaruai Wanjiru
Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, who has won five consecutive long and short course races, promised to quit cross country running after the 2006 World Championships. However, he changed his mind and competed in Mombasa after all. A pre-race favourite, Bekele did not finish the race and thus failed to win historical sixth consecutive title.
Zersenay Tadese won the event and became the first cross-country world champion for Eritrea. Tadese is also the 2006 IAAF World Road Running Championships men's gold medalist.
Complete results for senior men and for senior men's teams were published.
|Bernard Kiprop Kipyego||Kenya||36:37|
|8||Mubarak Hassan Shami||Qatar||37:09|
|9||Edwin Cheruiyot Soi||Kenya||37:27|
|10||Martin Kitiyo Toroitich||Uganda||37:31|
|11||Mo Farah||United Kingdom||37:31|
|12||Ahmad Hassan Abdullah||Qatar||37:37|
Complete results for junior men and for junior men's teams were published.
|Vincent Kiprop Chepkok||Kenya||24:12|
|Mathew Kipkoech Kisorio||Kenya||24:23|
|4||Leonard Patrick Komon||Kenya||24:25|
|11||Nicholas Mulinge Makau||Kenya||24:50|
Complete results for senior women and for senior women's teams were published.
|5||Florence Jebet Kiplagat||Kenya||27:26|
|7||Priscah Jepleting Ngetich||Kenya||27:39|
|11||Zhor El Kamch||Morocco||28:20|
Complete results for junior women and for junior women's teams were published.
|Linet Chepkwemoi Barasa||Kenya||20:52|
|Mercy Jelimo Kosgei||Kenya||20:59|
|Veronica Nyaruai Wanjiru||Kenya||21:10|
|7||Gladys Jepkemoi Chemweno||Kenya||21:27|
Host nation (Kenya)
|Totals (6 nations)||8||8||8||24|
According to an unofficial count, 470 athletes from 63 countries participated. This is in agreement with the official numbers as published. The announced athletes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Somalia did not show.