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This Day in Track & Field History, March 30, 2024, Arturo Barris sets Hour run, Deena Drossin, Kenenisa Bekela, by Walt Murphy’s News and Results

This Day in Track & Field History, March 30, 2024, Arturo Barris sets Hour run, Deena Drossin, Kenenisa Bekela, by Walt Murphy's News and Results


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This Day in Track & FieldMarch 30 

1991—Mexico’s Arturo Barrios set World Records for 20,000 meters (56:55.6) and the 1-hour run (21,101m/13.11 miles) in La Flèche, France.


2003(3-29/30)–Deena (Drossin) Kastor finished 2nd for the 2nd year in a row, and 38-year-old Colleen DeReuck finished 7th to lead the U.S. team to the bronze medals in the Women’s Long Race on the first day(3-29) of competition at the World X-Country Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland. The other American scorers were Katie McGregor (15th) and Elva Dryer (17th), with Milena Glusac (25) and Sara Wells (39) providing backup.

        Drossin, who was training for the upcoming London Marathon (she would set an American Record of 2:21:16), said, “I love cross country. It’s my passion. I want to return to this race until my legs give out on me.”

Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele won the Men’s Short and Long races for the 2nd year in a row, and future greats Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) and Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) won the Junior races.

Other notable/U.S. finishers

Senior Men-Long(12.355km/3-30): 2.Patrick Ivuti (KEN), 3.Gebre Gebremariam (ETH), 4.Richard Limo (KEN), 7.Sileshi Sihine (ETH), 9.Zersenay Tafesse (ERI), 11.Meb Keflezighi (USA), 35.Abdi Abdirahman (USA), 51.Ed Torres (USA), 52.Simon Bairu (CAN), 71.Dave Cullum (USA), 79.Nick Rogers (USA): DNF-Domingos Castro (POR); Team:1.Kenya 17, 2.Ethiopia 23

Senior Men-Short(4.03km/3-29):25.Kevin Sullivan (CAN), 31.Sandu Rebenciuc (USA), 35.Salah Hissou (MAR), 37.Dan Browne (USA), 41.Adrian Blincoe (NZL), 56.Luke Watson (USA), 59.Karl Savage (USA), 60.Dan Wilson (USA), 51.Ian Connor (USA),  74.Mo Farah (GBR), 87.Julius Achon (UGA), 91.Nick Willis (NZL); Team:1.Kenya 14, 2.Ethiopia 31

Senior Women-Long(7.92km): 1. Worknesh Kidane (ETH) 25:53, 2.Deena Drossin (USA) 26:02; Team:1.Ethiopia 17, 2.Kenya 30, 3.USA 36;

Senior Women-Short(4.03km/3-29):1.Edith Masai (KEN) 12:43, 2.Worknesh Kidane (ETH), 7.Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH), 38.Sarah Toland (USA), 40.Jo Pavey…

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