Fukuoka International Cross Country
|Fukuoka International XC|
The Fukuoka International Cross Country is an annual cross country running competition which takes place in Fukuoka, Japan in either late February or early March. It is one of the IAAF permit meets which serve as qualifying events for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.
First held in 1987, the Fukuoka Cross Country is held at the National Cross Country Course near the Uminonakamichi Seaside Park in Higashi-ku, Fukuoka. The course was built especially for cross country. It was created as the host course for the 2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.
The event features a competition schedule of eight races. These include a senior men's course (10 km) and a senior women's course (6 km). A total of four junior races take place, with long courses of 8 km for men and 6 km for women, as well as 4 km short course for both junior sexes. The event also includes two relay races for high school athletes which have legs of 2 km per runner.
Four of the races act as qualifiers for the World Cross Country Championship: the men's 10 km and the women's 6 km allow athletes to enter the senior world competition while the junior men's 8 km and junior women's 6 km enable runners to qualify for the junior section of the championships. The competition is one of three in which Japanese athletes can qualify for the World Championships; the others being the annual Chiba International Cross Country and the biennial Asian Cross Country Championships.
A few foreign athletes are invited each year, but the fields of each race largely comprise Japanese runners. Previous winners include Olympic gold medallist Samuel Wanjiru, who first won at the age of 16, and won three times consecutively between 2003 and 2005. World and Olympic gold medallist Meseret Defar has also competed, winning the 2005 women's race.
The event is televised on local Japan News Network channels by the Tokyo Broadcasting System. The Fukuoka Cross Country meeting is one of the prefecture's top annual athletics events, along with the Fukuoka International Open Marathon Championship.
- ↑ IAAF Cross Country Permits. IAAF (2010). Retrieved on 2010-02-12.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 第２４回福岡国際クロスカントリー大会 Template:Ja icon. Japanese Association of Athletics Federations. Retrieved on 2010-02-28.
- ↑ Nakamura, Ken (2006-03-03). World Cross Championships dress rehearsal - Fukuoka preview. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-02-28.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Nakamura, Ken (2009-03-05). Home selection for Amman central to Fukuoka Cross Country - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-02-28.
- ↑ Nakamura, Ken (2008-02-28). Fukuoka Cross country – Preview. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-02-28.
- ↑ Nakamura, Ken & Onishi, Akihiro (2008-03-01). Kuira, Konovalova prevail at Fukuoka Cross Country. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-02-28.
- ↑ [http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1P2-13385254.html Kenyan, Canadian athletes split Fukuoka cross country titles]. Xinhua News Agency (2003-03-02). Retrieved on 2010-02-28.
- ↑ Nakamura, Ken (2004-02-29). Wanjiru and Ichikawa take Fukuoka XC wins. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-02-28.