After "Turkey's" Can (who switched from Kenya last year) kept her out of the medals McCormack said, “It’s the exact same thing every f**king time. It’s more than frustrating at this stage.” She also mocked the Euro's "I run clean" bibs.
*McCormack: "There’s absolutely no reason people would want to emigrate to Turkey"
*The Independent: "Seven Kenyans, two Jamaicans and a Cuban competing for Turkey - this is a disgraceful farce"
*400 Hurdler Thomas Barr Backs McCormack's Criticism Of "Country Hoppers" And Anti Doping "Gimmicks"
In the men's race, Bahrain's Aweke Ayalew beat Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola by one second.
*Former African Jr. XC Champ Caroline Chepkoech Wins AK/KCB Series XC Meet As Steepler Virginia Nyambura Is 6th Stephen Arita won the men's race.
The former 2-time Euro XC champ was disappointed to finish 4th, but happy with the team bronze.
*Irish Examiner Article
Mick Clohisey won this 3rd consecutive title on the men's side.
She'll try and regain the title she won in 2011 and 2012 after finishing 6th last year.
She ran 2:31:46 in her debut last year, but it wasn't within the Olympic qualifying window.
Steel beat Ireland's Fionnuala Britton by 4-seconds while Korir won with 28:15 in windy conditions. Leonard Komon was back in 4th (28:28). *Full Results
*Great Ireland Run Elite Mile Won By UK's Johnny Hay In 4:12 As Mark English Drop Out At 1200
*Fionnula Britton Says She'll Skip 2015 World Champs To Focus On Marathon Training
800 ace Mark English will race his first every mile as well.
WC silver medallist Valeria Straneo is the favorite for the women. Leonard Komon and Japhet Korir headline the men's field..
Even Fionnuala Britton, who is regularly one of the top non-African runners, didn't want to go as she is focused on marathon training.
She won over Commonwealth 1500 champ Faith Kipyegon and Ireland's Fionnuala Britton. On the men's side, Alex Kibet won over Abraham Kapsis Kipyatich and Bahrain’s Albert Rop.
Britton was 1st-1st and 4th the last three years, but only 6th on Sunday. *2nd article
Moreira is coming off a 3rd place finish in her debut marathon at NYC last month (2:26).
At the Cross de L’Acier in France, Senbere Teferi got a comfortable win as Euro XC Champ Sophie Duarte was 4th ahead of Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton in 5th.
Paul Pollock won the men's race.
She was given a spot despite never even having run a half, but she made a good point that she was already racing the 10,000 and no one else had been selected so she wasn't taking away a spot. She ran 2:31 for the 4th fastest ever by an Irishwoman.
Her attitude about World XC was a little disappointing as she said, “I’d like to do the world cross country but it’s in China. It’s not like just going over to Poland." Does she know where 2015 Worlds Champs are?
It's pretty amazing that 2:31:46 is the 4th fastest time ever for an Irish woman.