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    The USA men were 13th and the women were 10th. Is this an indication of how good (bad) we are, or did we not commit a top-tier team?

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    Re: Half Marathon Championships

    As far as I know no one sends a full strength team to this event.
    To get an idea of where USA stands in the half marathon rankings look at this list.

    http://www.mattoleriver.com/CY_HMar.htm

    The only USA man in the top 100 so far this year is Khannouchi at No 70.
    The women are a little better.

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    • #3
      Re: Half Marathon Championships

      The top 6 teams from Africa. And besides the usual suspects, Uganda and Erithrea. Tanzania, too. I don't seem to recall any Tanzanian top runner except Bayi.
      "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
      by Thomas Henry Huxley

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      • #4
        Re: Half Marathon Championships

        >The top 6 teams from Africa. And besides the
        >usual suspects, Uganda and Erithrea. Tanzania,
        >too. I don't seem to recall any Tanzanian top
        >runner except Bayi.

        John Yuda has placed well recently at World Cross and has had some supporting cast as well, so not totally out of nowhere. As far as other great Tanzanian runners, how about Juma Ikanga?

        Uganda, I think is more interesting as I have only seen them on the international scene running high placing junior teams at world cross. Don't think they bother with senior teams (or at least senior teams running in the senior race).

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        • #5
          Re: Half Marathon Championships

          >Uganda, I
          >think is more interesting as I have only seen
          >them on the international scene running high
          >placing junior teams at world cross. Don't think
          >they bother with senior teams (or at least senior
          >teams running in the senior race).

          Sooner or later, good junior teams should turn into the base for good senior teams.

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          • #6
            Re: Half Marathon Championships

            >The top 6 teams from Africa. And besides the
            >usual suspects, Uganda and Erithrea. Tanzania,
            >too. I don't seem to recall any Tanzanian top
            >runner except Bayi.>>

            How about the winningest distance runner in NCAA history, Suleiman Nyambui?

            To remind you of the tools available to you on this site, go to the Rankings link and check out each event's by-nation index of World Rankers and you'll also find such Tanzanian names as Juma Ikangaa, Gidamas Shahanga, Alfred Shahanga and Simon Robert.

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            • #7
              Re: Half Marathon Championships

              OK, that's cool - never saw it before. Any other new 'services' coming? What about the all-time NCAA results?

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              • #8
                Re: Uganda

                Sooner or later, good junior
                >teams should turn into the base for good senior
                >teams.

                Do they?

                2000 World Cross, Uganda junior men 3rd place:

                498 Toroitich Martin 11
                500 Wakou Paul 15
                497 Sikoria Job 20
                496 Okello Tonny 22
                499 Kiprop Boniface Toroitich (27)

                2001 World Cross, Uganda junior men 3rd place:
                510 Wakou Paul 10
                509 Okello Tonny 16
                508 Musani Francis 19
                507 Mpanga Moses 23
                511 Yiga Francis (25)

                2002 World Cross, Uganda junior men 3rd place:
                117 Kiprop Boniface 3
                120 Toroitich Martin 11
                301 Wakou Paul 15
                119 Musani Francis 17
                116 Cheboto Patrick (DNS)
                118 Kipsiro Moses (DNS)

                2003 World Cross, Uganda junior men 3rd place:
                290 Kiprop Boniface 2
                125 Kibet James 13
                128 Kipsiro Moses 18
                127 Kiprop Isaac 27
                126 Kiplimo Martin (32)

                All results from www.iaaf.org. Notice any trends? According to his IAAF biography, the 2003 version of Boniface Kiprop is the same as that who raced in 2000, placing 27th, despite being born on October 12, 1985 (14 years old!). So I guess he'd still be eligible for the 2004 edition? What is the record for most junior championship appearances?

                Also, not once in those years has there been a Ugandan senior men's team. Surely some of that 2000 team are now into their peak years in their early 20s.

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                • #9
                  Re: Uganda

                  >Sooner or later, good junior
                  >teams should turn
                  >into the base for good senior
                  >teams.

                  Do
                  >they?

                  I said should. Maybe the answer has to do with those funny calendars used in some of those African countries.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Uganda

                    Nyambui and Ikaanga I clearly forgot about. The others I would never think of. Garry, thanks for the "Rankings" tool.
                    "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
                    by Thomas Henry Huxley

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