Posted by: Joe English | March 28, 2009

Cross-country — Kiplagat, Kenya win women’s cross-country World Championship

kiplagat-wins-ammanAMMAN, JORDAN — As the running world turned to Amman Jordan today for the 2009 World Cross-country Championships, Florence Kiplagat led the Kenyan team to the win as she narrowly took the individual title. Her Kenyan teammate Linet Masai finished just three seconds behind her.

Kiplagat won the 8KM race in 26:13 with Masai finishing in 26:16. Meselech Melkamu of Ethiopia finished third in 26:19.

The world championships were held about 20KM outside of Amman at the Bisharat Golf Club. The course featured two loops and two major ascents.

Kiplagat came from behind on the final ascent of the course to edge out Masai in the closing meters of the course. She was so surprised by the win that she reportedly fainted after finishing.

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