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Apr 11, 2010

Kingston, Ont. (April 11, 2010) - Great Britain and Japan claimed overall titles at the 2010 FISU World University Cross Country Championship on Sunday at Fort Henry Hill in Kingston, Ont.

Great Britain successfully defended its 2008 title on the women's side while Japan - competing in its first ever championship - won the men's 10km event.

Canada had its best ever overall finish securing a bronze medal in the women's race and a fourth place finish in the men's.

Sara Moreira of Portugal captured the women's 5km race crossing with a time of 16 minutes and 29.3 seconds a full 12 seconds ahead of Jess Sparke of Great Britain. Sparke took the silver with a time of 16:41.9 while her teammate Joanne Harvey was third in 16:48.7. Japan's Risa Takenaka just missed the podium finishing fourth at 16:55.6.

The Sparke-Harvey two-three duo powered Great Britain to its fourth consecutive and ninth ever women's title. Australia finished as runner up while Canada picked up its best ever finish placing third. Canada's best finish prior to today's result was a pair of seventh place finishes in 2002 and 2004.

The University of Toronto's Megan Brown (Puslinch, Ont.) posted the top Canadian finish ever at this event placing fifth with a time of 17:09.1. Brown has had much success on Fort Henry Hill having claimed the 2009 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Women's Cross Country Championship last fall and also won the 2008 and 2006 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Women's Cross Country Championships individual title on the same course.

Also helping Megan BrownCanada to a podium finish was Lindsay Carson (Cambridge, Ont.) from the University of Guelph placing 11th with a time of 17:20.0. McMaster's Jessica Pearo (Richamond Hill, Ont.) broke into the top-20 with a 17th place finish while Sherbrooke's Valérie Bélanger (Jonquière,Que) placed 28th.

In the men's 10km race Tetsuya Yoroizaka from Japan edged Australia's Liam Adams by one second to secure the gold medal. Yoroizaka finished in 30 minutes and 8.4 seconds while Adams crossed the line in second at 30.9.7. Germany's Christian Glatting was third in 30:11.5 while Spain's Polo Guerra and Mohamed Elbendir Kathari finished fourth and fifth respectively.

All four Canadians were able to crack the top-25 with the University of Guelph's Kyle Boorsma (Guelph, Ont.) leading the way with a 15th place finish crossing the line at 31:12.7. Western's Kyle O'Neill (Vienna, Ont.) was 20th at 31:12.9 while University of Windsor's Dave Weston (Windsor, Ont.) and Guelph's Allan Brett (Ottawa) were 24th and 25th respectively. Guelph's Matthew Brunsting (Stirling, Ont.) was 27th.

Like Brown, Boorsma and Brett know the Fort Henry Hill course well with Boorsma earning the individual 2009 CIS Men's Cross Country Championship title in October while Brett claimed the OUA title in 2008 on the same course.

Japan secured gold in the men's overall result with Spain finishing second. Great Britain was third while Canada finished fourth. 2008 champion, France finished fifth.

In all, 42 female and 54 male runners from 18 countries competed in Sunday's race. A rebroadcast of the event is available at www.ssncanada.com with full results available at www.sportstats.ca. For more information visit www.xc2010.ca

NOTES: Brown's fifth place finish topped Sara Neil's seventh place finish at the 1982 championship in Germany as Canada's best result; Canada's top result on the men's side is a seventh place finish by Rob Lonergan also at the 1982 championship... Spain owns the most overall titles on the mens side with five (2002, 1998, 1992, 1990 and 1988) sitting one ahead of Morocco...Carson was the lone Canadian returning from the 2008 women's squad which finished ninth in France... Weather for both races was clear and sunny with the tempature hovering around 14 degrees; wind was gusty at 28km per hour from the south.

FISU World University Cross Country Championship
Fort Henry Hill, Kingston, Ontario, Canada - April 11, 2010

WOMEN'S TEAM RESULTS
1. Great Britain
2. Australia
3. Canada
4. Portugal
5. Japan
6. Spain
7. Germany
8. Italy
9. Algeria

WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
PLACE/TIME/NAME/COUNTRY

1 16:29.3 MOREIRA, SARA POR
2 16:41.9 SPARKE, JESS GBR
3 16:48.7 HARVEY, JOANNE GBR
4 16:55.6 TAKENAKA, RISA JPN
5 17:09.1 BROWN, MEGAN CAN
6 17:11.8 RODRIGUEZ SIERRA, LIDIA ESP
7 17:11.9 VERNON, MELINDA AUS
8 17:12.4 GRAY, NATALIE GBR
9 17:16.0 STEWART, ELIZA AUS
10 17:16.2 TRENGOVE, JESSICA
11 17:20.0 CARSON, LINDSAY CAN
12 17:21.2 ROCHA, CARLA SALOME POR
13 17:21.9 TANAKA, HANAE JPN
14 17:26.4 SILVERSTRE SORIANO, MARTA ESP
15 17:26.5 JANSSEN, SASKIA GER
16 17:27.6 MILNER, KIRSTY GBR
17 17:32.1 PEARO, JESSICA CAN
18 17:33.7 COSTANZA, VALENTINA ITA
19 17:36.1 OTAGIRI, AKI JPN
20 17:37.2 HAHNER, ANNA GER
21 17:39.2 RIBEIRO, SARA CATARINA POR
22 17:41.1 FACCIANI, MARTINA ITA
23 17:43.4 EPIS, GIOVANNA ITA
24 17:46.1 NOMURA, SAYO JPN
25 17:48.9 COSTA, FILOMENA POR
26 17:48.9 BETTICHE, AMINA ALG
27 17:59.4 POHL, VERONICA GER
28 18:04.9 BELANGER, VALERIE CAN
29 18:14.8 GOMEZ MARTIN, RAQUEL ESP
30 18:20.5 FERNANDES, SONIA POR
31 18:25.2 JORDAN ORDIALES, CRISTINA ESP
32 18:32.3 BIENSTEIN, HEIKE GER
33 18:36.8 BELMILOUD, ABADIA ALG
34 18:48.4 EBERHART, TANJA AUT
35 18:57.8 SOFOKLEOUS, MARILENA CYP
36 19:18.2 AIT ATMANE, SIHEM ALG
37 19:29.7 GRIFFITH, CARLY AUS
38 19:41.1 HAMIANE, LYNDA ALG
39 19:45.0 REINGRUBER, RENATE AUT
40 19:46.6 BOURAKSSAS, HADDA ALG
41 20:12.2 DONKER, EMILY AUS
DNF 35 O'DONNELL, LYDIA NZL


MEN'S TEAM RESULTS
1. Japan
2. Spain
3. Great Britain
4. Canada
5. France
6. Australia
7. Algeria
8. Italy
9. China

MEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
PLACE/TIME/NAME/COUNTRY

1 30:08.4 YOROIZAKA, TETSUYA JPN
2 30:09.7 ADAMS, LIAM AUS
3 30:11.5 GLATTING, CHRISTIAN GER
4 30:18.0 GUERRA POLO, JAVIER ESP
5 30:35.9 ELBENDIR KATHARI, MOHAMED ESP
6 30:36.2 NOGUCHI, TAKUYA JPN
7 30:41.7 MALATY, BENJANIN FRA
8 30:46.9 MASCIOTRA, JULIEN FRA
9 30:51.3 LOZANO DE PEDRO, ALBERTO ESP
10 30:53.1 PEPPER, JONATHAN GBR
11 31:01.3 KAWAKAMI, RYOUHEI JPN
12 31:02.1 OISHI, MINATO JPN
13 31:04.9 ABADIA BECI, ANTONIO ESP
14 31:07.0 CHIBANI, AZZEDINE ALG
15 31:12.9 BOORSMA, ROBERT KYLE CAN
16 31:17.1 DEGUCHI, KAZUYA JPN
17 31:20.4 BEN, LINDSAY GBR
18 31:21.3 DAVIDSON, ANDREW NZL
19 31:22.9 SILVA, SERGIO POR
20 31:24.7 O'NEILL, KYLE CAN
21 31:25.0 GOOSE, MITCHELL GBR
22 31:25.8 ASHKETTLE, BENJAMIN AUS
23 31:28.9 HAWKINS, DEREK GBR
24 31:32.1 WESTON, DAVE CAN
25 31:39.9 BRETT, ALLAN CAN
26 31:41.5 LOZANO DE PEDRO, ALVARO ESP
27 31:43.3 BRUNSTING, MATTHEW CAN
28 31:52.9 HENNESSY, LUKE AUS
29 31:56.0 VILLAMOR CASTINEIRA, CARLOS ESP
30 31:58.3 BOUKANDOUL, ABDELHALIM ALG
31 32:02.0 DENISSEL, SIMON FRA
32 32:05.5 BONA, FRANCESCO ITA
33 32:14.7 CUGUSI, STEFANO ITA
34 32:15.5 SUN, JIAHUI CHN
35 32:18.3 LOPES, PAULO POR
36 32:22.6 THEWLIS, JONATHAN GBR
37 32:43.3 PASSERI, RICCARDO ITA
38 32:52.8 BECHAREF, BOUBAKER EL-SEDDIK ALG
39 32:57.8 THEOPHILE, FLORIAN FRA
40 32:59.0 PINHEIRO, PAULO POR
41 33:00.7 BELIGNET, GREGORY FRA
42 33:06.0 LI, XIANG CHN
43 33:07.2 RUFFONI, ALESSANDRO ITA
44 33:08.3 WEISS, MARIO AUT
45 33:14.5 DIEMUNSH, ETIENNE FRA
46 33:17.5 XU, WANG CHN
47 33:18.0 POPPLESTONE, TYSON AUS
48 33:19.3 GUENDOUZ, ADEL ALG
49 33:45.3 WANG, YONGBO CHN
50 34:33.3 PECHHACKER, THOMAS AUT
51 36:25.5 PROTOPAPAS, CHRISTOFOROS CYP
DNF ADBI, KHALED ALG
DNF BOUMESLAT, SAMIR ALG
DNF FUMO, HELIO POR

Source:

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