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Cross-Country

The History of Cross-Country in FISU

Between 1968 and 1976, five World University Cross-Country Championships were organised in Europe. The first of them was held in Lausanne, Switzerland. There, FISU gave a boost to the expansion of this sport. Already at the second edition in Coleraine, Great Britain, 90 contestants from 8 countries were in the line-up; whereas in Darmstadt, Germany, in 1982, there were 139 athletes from 23 countries. The figures have kept increasing from one edition to the other, but more important was the continual improvement in performance. In 1998, the World University Championship was hosted by Luton. Seeing that the venue was on the British Isles, the organisation of the cross-country championship was of special significance for FISU, in respect that foot race has its origins there. As it is no secret that FISU often brings to light great champions of the sports world, the World University Cross-Country Championships have already brought to the front rank such athletes as Romanian Ionescu and Ghican, Spanish Vaquero and Serano, along with Australian Moneghetti and Kenyan Muturi. In 1998, 24 national university teams participated in the event.
     

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Statistics

Edition

Year

Country

City

N° of Countries

M

W

Athletes

Officials

Total

1

1978

SUI

Lausanne

15

73

21

94

27

121

2

1980

GBR

Coleraine

8

48

25

73

17

90

3

1982

FRG

Darmstadt

23

105

34

139

44

183

4

1984

BEL

Antwerpen

16

79

38

117

32

149

5

1986

AUT

Graz

21

104

52

156

50

206

6

1988

ITA

Bologna

20

104

53

157

39

196

7

1990

POL

Poznan

18

86

47

133

42

175

8

1992

FRA

Dijon

23

99

55

154

49

203

9

1994

IRL

Limerick

22

93

60

153

47

200

10

1996

POR

Acoteias

24

109

60

169

53

222

11

1998

GBR

Luton

24

93

59

152

62

214

12

2000

GER

Jena

25

107

68

175

58

233

13

2002

ESP

Santiago deCompostela

22

74

64

138

49

187

14

2004

ITA

Collegno

23

91

61

152

55

207

15

2006

ALG

Alger

15

72

51

123

45

168

16

2008

FRA

Forges-les -Eaux

21

80

62

142

63

242

17

2010

CAN

Kingston

15

55

43

98

36

134

18

2012

POL

Lodz

23

76

61

137

48

185

19

2014

UGA

Entebbe

18

62

43

105

43

148

20

2016

ITA

Cassino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FISU Technical Delegates

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2016 - 20th WUC Cross Country - Cassino (ITA)

 

 

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Past Events

2014 - 19th WUC Cross Country - Entebbe (UGA)

2012 - 18th WUC Cross Country - Lodz (POL)

2010 - 17th WUC Cross Country - Kingston (CAN)

2008 - 16th WUC Cross Country - Forges-les-Eaux (FRA)

2006 - 15th WUC Cross Country - Alger (ALG)

2004 - 14th WUC Cross Country - Collegno (ITA)

2002 - 13th WUC Cross Country - Santiago de Compostella (ESP)

2000 - 12th WUC Cross Country - Jena (GER)

1998 - 11th WUC Cross Country - Luton (GBR)

1996 - 10th WUC Cross Country - Açoteias (POR)

1994 - 9th WUC Cross Country - Limerick (IRL)

1992 - 8th WUC Cross Country - Dijon (FRA)

1990 - 7th WUC Cross Country - Poznan (POL)

1988 - 6th WUC Cross Country - Bologna (ITA)

1986 - 5th WUC Cross Country - Graz (AUT)

1984 - 4th WUC Cross Country - Antwerpen (BEL)

1982 - 3rd WUC Cross Country - Darmstadt (FRG)

1980 - 2nd WUC Cross Country - Coleraine (GBR)

1978 - 1st WUC Cross Country - Lausanne (SUI)

 

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