McCormack’s brave bid as Nawowuna triumphs
Ireland’s top cross country runner Fionnualla McCormack battled her way to a highly credible third place against some world class African opposition at the weekend’s Greenmount International Cross Country.
The energy sapping mud in the 5.6k race did not deter McCormack (pictured), who stormed into the lead with GB rival Kate Avery and 2014 winner Mimi Belete of Bahrain in close proximity. This positions changed on the second lap when Kenya’s Alice Nawowuna forged to the front along with Belete. McCormack drifted back to fourth ahead of Avery who seemed to struggle in the mud.
On the final lap Nawowuna broke away from the field to win in 18mins 5secs, some 4secs ahead of Belete.
Twice-winner McCormack clawed her way back to third, three seconds ahead of Avery.
Meanwhile IAAF president Lord Coe has promised to investigate claims of bribery in the bidding process for the 2017 World Championships in London. The city was named as host in 2011 ahead of Qatari capital Doha.