CROSS COUN­TRY GREATS

Athletics Weekly - - News - PIC­TURES: MARK SHEAR­MAN

Grete Waitz, Ke­nenisa Bekele, Paula Rad­cliffe, Dave Bedford and Ju­lian Goater come out tops in our read­ers’ vote

YOU VOTED

FOR THE NO.1 CROSS-COUN­TRY RUN­NERS IN HIS­TORY AND HERE ARE THE RE­SULTS

IN OUR Septem­ber 27 is­sue we asked you to vote for your top Bri­tish and in­ter­na­tional cross­coun­try run­ners of all time, plus the great­est race or mo­ment in his­tory. Our short lists caused a mild stir and have led to plenty of de­bate on­line and mean­while you’ve been vot­ing in droves.

In­ter­na­tional male: Ke­nenisa Bekele

Among other things Ke­nenisa Bekele won 11 se­nior in­di­vid­ual ti­tles at the World Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships as he saw off the chal­lenge of one of his pre­de­ces­sors as world cham­pion, John Ngugi.

In­ter­na­tional fe­male: Grete Waitz

The Nor­we­gian leg­end was a big win­ner of the in­ter­na­tional women’s poll as she took 56% of the votes to beat Tirunesh Dibaba – the Ethiopian fin­ish­ing a clear sec­ond.

Waitz, who died in 2011 aged 57, won world cross-coun­try ti­tles from 1978-81 and in 1983, mostly by huge mar­gins dur­ing an era when the race dis­tance was not very far.

Ke­nenisa Bekele: Ethiopian fin­ished ahead of John Ngugi (left) in ourin­ter­na­tional men’s poll

Grete Waitz: Nor­we­gian was an over­whelm­ing win­ner of the women’s in­ter­na­tional cat­e­gory ahead of Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba (above)

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