Asian Cross Country Championships

The Asian Cross Country Championships is a biennial regional cross country running competition for athletes from Asia. It is organised by the Asian Athletics Association and was first held in 1991 in Fukuoka, Japan. The competition has been held every two years since then, although the 2003 edition was postponed due to political conflicts within the region.[1][2]

Asian Cross Country Championships
SportCross country running
ContinentAsia (AAA)

The championships comprises four races: separate senior races for men and for women, and two corresponding junior races for the sexes. Furthermore, in each of the four races athletes compete simultaneously for both individual medals and team medals. For the team competitions, the final positions of the best finishing runners from each country are combined and the team with the lowest points total wins.[1]

Athletes and teams of Japan, China and Iran have historically been the most successful of the championships. However, Qatar and Bahrain have become increasingly dominant since 2005, led by a number of East African-born athletes who have transferred allegiance to the small Middle-Eastern states.[3][4][5]

The 2011 edition, set for February in Kathmandu, was postponed after the Nepalese government did not provide the requisite funds needed to host the event.[6] China took over the hosting rights and held the 11th edition the following year in Qingzhen.[7]

The 2020 edition of the race, originally set for March in Hong Kong, was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.[8]


Edition Year Venue City Country Events
11991Fukuoka Japan8
21993Jakarta Indonesia8
31995Chiba International Cross CountryChiba Japan8
41997Chiba International Cross CountryChiba Japan8
51999Enghelab Sport Complex (Men)Tehran Iran4
(Women)Hong Kong Hong Kong4
62001Kathmandu   Nepal8
72004Pune India8
82005Guiyang China8
92007Al Bisharat Golf ClubAmman Jordan8
102009Al-Rafah Bahrain HippodromeManama Bahrain8
2011Not heldKathmandu   Nepal8
112012Qingzhen China8
122014Fukuoka International Cross CountryFukuoka Japan8
132016Manama Bahrain8
142018Guiyang China8



Year Men's senior race Women's senior race
Individual Team Individual Team
1991  Shozo Shimoju (JPN)  Japan (JPN)  Mun Gyong-Ae (PRK)  North Korea (PRK)
1993  Hamid Sajjadi (IRI)  India (IND)  Minori Hayakari (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
1995  Seiichi Miyajima (JPN)  Japan (JPN)  Atsumi Yashima (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
1997  Saad Shaddad Al-Asmari (KSA)  Saudi Arabia (KSA)  Chiemi Takahashi (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
1999  Ahmad Zarekar (IRI)  Japan (JPN)  Mizuki Noguchi (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
2001  Jafar Babakhani (IRI)  Sri Lanka (SRI)  Yasuyo Iwamoto (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
2004  Han Gang (CHN)  China (CHN)  Yumi Sato (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
2005  Han Gang (CHN)  Qatar (QAT)  Li Helan (CHN)  China (CHN)
2007  Ahmed Hassan Abdullah (QAT)  Qatar (QAT)  Maryam Yusuf Jamal (BHR)  Bahrain (BHR)
2009  Ahmed Hassan Abdullah (QAT)  Qatar (QAT)  Maryam Yusuf Jamal (BHR)  Japan (JPN)
2012  Alemu Bekele (BHR)  Bahrain (BHR)  Shitaye Eshete (BHR)  Bahrain (BHR)
2014  Aweke Yimer (BHR)  Bahrain (BHR)  Tejitu Chalchissa (BHR)  Bahrain (BHR)
2016  Albert Rop (BHR)  Bahrain (BHR)  Eunice Chumba (BHR)  Bahrain (BHR)
2018  Peng Jianhua (CHN)  Japan (JPN)  Li Dan (CHN)  Japan (JPN)


Year Men's junior race Women's junior race
Individual Team Individual Team
1991  Yasuyuki Watanabe (JPN)  Japan (JPN)  Qu Yunxia (CHN)  China (CHN)
1993  Awad Saleh Nasser (YEM)  Yemen (YEM)  Noriko Wada (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
1995  Tadayuki Ojima (JPN)  Japan (JPN)  Chiemi Takahashi (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
1997  Mohamed Al-Shinan (KSA)  Japan (JPN)  Kumiko Hiyama (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
1999  Zhong Haibo (CHN)  Japan (JPN)  Kaori Yoshida (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
2001  Tomohiro Uemura (JPN)  Japan (JPN)  Mika Okunaga (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
2004  Satoru Kitamura (JPN)  Japan (JPN)  Bao Guiying (CHN)  Japan (JPN)
2005  Lin Xiangqian (CHN)  China (CHN)  Zhu Yanmei (CHN)  China (CHN)
2007  Thamer Kamal Ali (QAT)  Qatar (QAT)  Monica Raut (IND)  India (IND)
2009  Alemu Bekele (BHR)  Bahrain (BHR)  Shitaye Eshete (BHR)  Bahrain (BHR)
2012  Shota Baba (JPN)  Japan (JPN)  Miyuki Uehara (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
2014[9]  Kazuto Kawabata (JPN)  Japan (JPN)  Yuka Kobayashi (JPN)  Japan (JPN)
2016[10]  Ali Abdi (BHR)  Bahrain (BHR)  Dalila Abdulkadir (BHR)  Bahrain (BHR)
2018  Suolang Cairen (CHN)  Japan (JPN)  Yuna Wada (JPN)  Japan (JPN)

All time medal table

As 2018

1 Japan (JPN)524430126
2 Bahrain (BHR)2314946
3 China (CHN)16231251
4 Qatar (QAT)62513
5 India (IND)3141027
6 Iran (IRI)351523
7 Saudi Arabia (KSA)3126
 Yemen (YEM)3126
9 North Korea (PRK)2125
10 Sri Lanka (SRI)1124
11 South Korea (KOR)0156
12 Jordan (JOR)0123
13 Pakistan (PAK)0112
14 United Arab Emirates (UAE)0101
15 Singapore (SIN)0022
 Vietnam (VIE)0022
17 Hong Kong (HKG)0011
 Indonesia (INA)0011
   Nepal (NEP)0011
Totals (19 nations)112110104326


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