Calling on his experience, Gebremariam had been content to run a cautious race, keeping towards the back of the lead group for most of the way, however outpunched a group of 10 contenders coming to the final climb.
With a combination of strength and speed, he kicked away in the final stages, leaving Uganda’s Moses Kipsiro to take the silver and Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese, the 2007 champion, in bronze medal position.
Gebremariam not only succeeds his compatriot, Kenenisa Bekele, as world champion, he is now right behind him as the second most successful man since the championships began in 1973. Two medals in 2009 takes his career total to 15 medals, moving up from third place ahead of Kenya’s Paul Tergat (14 medals).
Kenya claimed their 22nd team title in 24 years, however failed in their quest to win an individual medal.
Collis Birmingham (Vic) – 29th 36:38 (+1:36)
Michael Shelley (Qld) – 36th 36:58
Liam Adams (Vic) – 69th 37:50
Senior Women (8km)
After placing 20th in Edinburgh last year, Beijing marathon runner Lisa Weightman ran a quality race to finish in 17th position – the fourth non-African home - in her third appearance at the championships.
Reigning national 10,000m champion, Lara Tamsett, 20, who placed 36th in the junior event in 2007, made a successful graduation to the senior ranks finishing in 26th place.
Kiplagat, who fainted after crossing the finish line, became the first Kenyan since Helen Chepngeno in 1994 to win the senior women’s race.
Compatriot Linet Masai, fourth in last year’s Olympic 10,000 metres final, looked to have the victory in the bag, sometimes leading by up to 50 metres, however Kiplagat closed the gap on the final climb. Ethiopia’s Meselech Melkamu collected the bronze medal.
Kenya also secured the team gold, its first since 2001 and broke a string of seven straight by Ethiopia.
Team place: 7th
Lisa Weightman (Vic) – 17th 27:59 (+1:46)
Lara Tamsett (NSW) – 26th 28:19
Melinda Vernon (NSW) – 52nd 29:04
Erin Densham (Vic) – 59th 29:23
Tara Palm (SA) – 80th 31:23
Junior Men (8km)
Emerging talent Ryan Gregson (NSW) was the first Australian home in the junior men’s event, improving on his 31st place from Edinburgh last year, to cross the line in 24th position. Harry Summers (NSW) was twelve seconds behind in 29th place.
Digging deep into his reserves up the final climb towards the finish, Ethiopia’s Ayele Abshero wasn’t going to settle for a second successive silver medal, going one better to claim his first gold medal ahead of Titus Mbishei (Kenya) and Moses Kibet (Uganda). Abshero lived up to his billing as the pre-race favourite, taking control with a surge up a short hill with 600m to go and never looked back.
American German Fernandez, the world’s fastest ever junior indoor miler, was the first non-African across the line in 11th place.
Team place: 6th
Ryan Gregson (NSW) – 24th 24:40 (+1:14)
Harry Summers (NSW) – 29th 24:52
Richard Everest (SA) – 36th 25:16
Brett Robinson (ACT) – 46th 25:47
David Ricketts (NSW) – 69th 26:32
Joshua Johnson (NSW) – 86th 27:08
Junior Women (6km)
Emily Brichacek (ACT) who placed 21st in Edinburgh, ran an impressive race to be the first non-African home in 11th position. Completing the 6km course in 21:02, the 18-year-old finished 48 seconds behind eventual winner Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia.
Dibaba, the younger sister of Tirunesh Dibaba, imposed herself on a tough course and tough opposition to take her second junior women’s world cross country title. Kenya’s Mercy Cherono followed, with teammate Jackline Chepngeno picking up the bronze.
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