- Tue, 03/26/2013 - 19:46
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For those members of the media and teams who made it to the 40th IAAF World Cross Country Championships in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, the detailed analysis provided of the junior men's race provided made jaw-dropping reading on Sunday evening (24).
The Ethiopian winner Hagos Gebrhiwet covered the 8km course in a stunning 21:04.
Even allowing for a considerable drop off in pace, it's not inconceivable that Gebrehiwot could have covered 10km of cross country in under 27 minutes and many people were pondering whether he might just have been the best ever junior men's champion in the four decades of the race
One of Gebrehiwot 's illustrious predecessors, the great Kenenisa Bekele, took 25:04 to win the first of his 12 IAAF World Cross Country Championships gold medals in the famous mud bath when the event was held in the Belgian coastal town of Ostend in 2001, but the course was only 7700m
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