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Medal for Taylor-Brown at World Cross Champs
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Sunday 24th March 2013


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A great day for Great Britain's European Junior Triathlon and World Junior Duathlon Champion Georgia Taylor-Brown.

As we highlighted on Friday, Georgia - along with fellow triathlete Gordon Benson - was representing Great Britain today in the IAAF World Cross Country Championship, and continuing her successful 2012 season, she has managed to come away with another international medal to add to what is building to be a very impressive collection.

Finishing 17th overall, and second Britain, just one place and seven seconds behind Emelia Gorecka; along with Amy Neale & Bobby Clay the quartet secured the team bronze medal behind the dominant Kenya and Ethiopian squads.

Junior Women - IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2013

Pos Women
1st Faith Kipyegon (KEN) 17:51
2nd Agnes Tirop (KEN) 17:51
3rd Alemitu Heroye (ETH) 17:57
16th Emelia Gorecka (GBR) 19:19
17th Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) 19:26
21st Amy Neale (GBR) 19:34
27th Bobby Clay (GBR) 19:45
(86 finishers)

Georgia said: "The start was so fast and I thought this is not going to be a good day. I just thought I've got to build into it and as Steve (Vernon) said during his team speech run your own race and obviously it worked. I worked hard on the hill and when you get to the top, people start jogging, so I tried accelerating off the hill.

"It's amazing to get that third team place – all the way around people were shouting that we were moving up, so I had to hold off a few of the athletes there at the end. It killed me, but I'm so happy with that race."

 

In the men's junior race, Gordon Benson finished 58th (fourth finisher of the six Brits racing). The race was won by Hagos Gebrhiwet (ETH), and to give some context on his abilities - he has a 12:47.53 PB for the 5000m... and he hasn't turned 19 yet. Having onl ytaken up running "seriously in 2010....", it will be interesting to see where his career heads.

Junior Men - IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2013

Pos Women
1st Hagos Gebrhiwet (ETH) 21:04
2nd Leonard Barsoton (KEN) 21:08
3rd Muktar Edris (ETH) 21:13
58th Gordon Benson (GBR) 23:50

Gordon said: "That was the hardest race of my life, no doubt about it. The Kenyans and Ethiopians are so quick; you don't want to just let them run away but you don't really have a choice. Because of my competitive nature it's horrible just sitting in and letting them go.

"This is unreal cross country, I've run in all sorts of conditions but this is the toughest race and toughest course I've ever done, it just gets harder and harder.

"I didn't know what to expect, I've came here and given it everything so I can't moan too much at that. You always want to finish higher but it was so hard to judge with so many runners in the race.

"Normally when you're running in GB the six of us would be at the front but when you're in a position it's out of your control, you want to try and run your own race but you can't control the pacer and it's really hard.

"The girls were third and they did great, so well done to all the girls. We can't moan too much with our team position, there are lot of good countries here and we've all worked really hard and put it on the line. We're moving forward and that's what it's all about so that's a positive to take from it.

"I've done what it supposedly the hardest triathlon course in the world but that was nothing compared to this."


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