Kampala, the capital city of Uganda was the host nation for the 42nd edition of the IAAF World Cross Country championship. As expected, Kenya and Ethiopia had a lion’s share of podium finishes with Uganda optimally using the home advantage to clinch the first ever World Cross Country gold medal when Jacob Kiplimo kicked powerfully to win the junior men’s event in 22 minutes and 22 seconds.
Kololo Ceremonial Independence Grounds hosted the event that was watched by a capacity crowd including the President of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the IAAF chief Lord Sebastian Coe.
It was the first time ever that Uganda won a gold medal at the World Cross Country Championship. Jacob Kiplimo enjoyed the limelight when he won gold in the 8km juniors’ men race in 22:22. Three countries out of the 59 managed to win at least a bronze medal. These were Bahrain, Eritrea and Turkey. Ethiopia won the most gold medals. Ethiopia and Kenya also won 4 silver apiece. Six Countries managed to at least win one medal. Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Bahrain, Eritrea and Turkey each at least managed a podium finish.
8 – Total medals won by Ethiopia. Four of these were Gold and 4 Silver
10 – Highest number of medals won at the 2017 edition. Kenya won 3 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze.
557 – Total number of participants from the 59 countries that took part.
10,000 – Amount in US Dollars won by the 3rd place individual winner in seniors’ event
12,000 – Total amount in US Dollars won by the best mixed relay team (Team Kenya).
15,000 – Amount in US Dollars won by the 2nd place individual in the seniors’ event
30,000 – Amount in US Dollars won by the winning individual in the seniors’ event.
Over 2 billion people followed the event live on television from the comfort of their homes, and offices via television and social media.