Three more countries - Armenia, Iceland, and Moldova - expressed interest in taking part in the 24th European Cross Country Championships held on 10 December 2017 in Šamorín. The total number of countries has therefore risen to 38 which could be a new record. The highest attendance of countries so far was reported at the 20th European Championships in Belgrade, held in 2013, which attracted 36 countries in total.
“Armenia is sending six runners: two male and two female juniors, one man and one woman. Iceland is sending one female runner under 23, while one woman will be representing Moldova,” said Marian Hammel, member of the Cross Country Championships’ organisational committee.
According to the current state of applications, 590 runners are planning on racing in Šamorín, indicating that there could be a new record in the number of active participants at this event. So far, Belgrade hosted the highest number of athletes (525) in 2013, followed by Budapest 2012 with 518 participants and the Slovenian Velenje 2011 with 476 runners.
The United Kingdom is sending the largest delegation - 40 athletes: 6 athletes in each category plus four members in the relay. 39 athletes will represent Spain, followed by France (38), Ireland (37), Italy (36), Denmark (33), Ukraine (31), Portugal (30), and Germany and Turkey (28 each). 20 runners will represent Slovakia, three men, three women, three women under 23, three male and three female juniors, one man under 23, as well as four athletes in the relay on 4 x 1,5 km.
The number of registered athletes in each category is the following: men: 92, women: 82, men under 23: 96, women under 23: 68, juniors (males): 105, juniors (females): 99 and 11 relay teams (48 athletes in total, including reserve athletes).
All information regarding the 24th European Cross Country Championships in Šamorín can be found at www.samorin2017.sk.
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