The World University Championship Cross Country is also one of the oldest FISU Championships hosted over the years, with a first edition staged in Lausanne, Switzerland, back in 1968. This World University Championship always attracts many athletes from all continents.
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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. Prominent athletes such as Ionescu and Ghican, from Romania, Vaquero and Serano, from Spain or the Australian Moneghetti and Kenyan Muturi all competed in FISU WUC Cross Country.