By Clay Shaw Photography by Clay Shaw and Karen Mitchell
Bathurst, Australia, February 18, 2023, World Cross Country Championships, Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit—The Mixed Relay was the first of the main events in the 2023 edition of World Cross Country and began at 3:30 PM. It was quite hot and sunny. The Australian team was expected to do well and they did. Jessica Hull ran the fastest lap two and put Australia in first place. Kenya and Ethiopia would pass Australia on the final two laps, as Kenya earned gold and Ethiopia earned silver. The four years since Aarhus 2019 World XC didn’t change the East African dominance in cross country.
South Africa was fourth. Team USA was fifth. Steeplechaser Emma Coburn hurdled the piles of racing-car tires in “The Chicane.” Great Britain was sixth. Morocco was seventh, Canada was eighth. Uganda was ninth, and New Zealand rounded out the top ten.
The World Cross Country Mixed Relay has become a fan favorite and draws talented world-class athletes. Fifteen teams competed, including the Athlete Refugee Team.
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