Eleven countries were represented in the 22nd International Cross Country Race held at Kassar Said in Tunisia on Saturday (11 March).
GTV Competitors parading
SV Belgian competitors in parade
SV USA competitors
LV Army generals and ambassadors take salute
SV Italian competitors parade
SV Morocco team
SV Tunisian team
CU Tunisian competitor Mohamed Gamoudi
CU PAN General Essoussi, Chief of Staff PAN TO US ambassador
SV U.S. Military Attache
CU Minister of Defence
GV PAN start of race
LV No. 52 Haddou Jadour of Morocco leading, followed by No. 73 Zaddam of Tunisia, followed by No. 67 (Gamoudi) (2 shots)
GV Competitors towards with Nos 52 and 73 leading
SV Competitors crossing field
SV PAN No. 52 and No. 73 in clear lead
SV Other runners along road
LV No. 52 down final straight and arrives at finish (3 shots)
Various national teams parading before invited guests, race in progress with Jadour leading and winning.
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Background: Eleven countries were represented in the 22nd International Cross Country Race held at Kassar Said in Tunisia on Saturday (11 March).
The race is organised annually by the International Council for Military Sport and over the years has become a major event in world athletics.
Countries represented this year were Algeria, West Germany, Belgium Spain, the United States, France, Italy, Morocco, Holland, Egypt and Tunisia.
Strongly favoured to win the gruelling race was Tunisia's Mohamed Gamoudi. But it was not to be and the race developed into a Moroccan triumph. Haddou Jadour of Morocco finished first, and Ben Abdesselem Mohamed of Morocco was second.
The race is run over a distance of a little more than 6 miles (9.87 kms) and Jadour's winning time was 29 minutes 26.2 seconds.
SYNOPSIS: A parade of international athletes in Tunisia on Saturday before the running of the 22nd International Cross Country Race. This year, the event attracted entries from eleven countries.
From Furthest afield - the United States team. Watching the march past were leading Tunisian officials - and members of the diplomatic corps. This contingent - from Italy.
The strong Moroccan team - including cross country specialist, Haddou Jadour.
The Tunisian team received a warm welcome from the home crowd - particularly the man picked to win this year's event, Mohamed Gamoudi.
The event is organised by the International Council for Military sport. Among those attending were Tunisia's Chief of Staff, the Untied States Military Attache in Tunis - and Tunisia's Minister of Defence.
The start of the race. Before the runners a gruelling journey of just over six miles (9.87 kms)
Leading already - Haddou Jadour of Morocco, who was to win the event with ease. He's followed here by Zaddam of Tunisia...No.73...and the popular Gamoudi who was to mange only fifth in this year' event.
Jadour still leading - with Zaddam close on his heels.
As the leaders increased the pace towards the end the huge field of runners became more and more spread out.
At this stage Jadour and Zaddam are well clear - but Zaddam was to lose his place of as two other moroccan runners moved into second and third places.
Into the final stretch and Haddou Jadour - the easy winner. His time for the journey -- 29 minutes 26-point-two seconds.