Canberra export Brett Robinson was the first Australian across the line to finish 30th at the world cross country championships in Denmark on Sunday.
Robinson completed the gruelling 10km course in 33 minutes and 34 seconds, while Joshua Cheptegei became the first Uganda man to win the race.
Robinson, 27, has previously finished 28th and 29th at the event held every two years.
Australian top-hope Stewart McSweyn was a late scratching and his replacement Matt Ramsden put in a stellar performance to finish 39th.
Harry Summers (56th), Jack Rayner (63rd) and Jack Bruce (95th) rounded out the Australian contingent.
The Australian women’s team finished fifth overall thanks to Melissa Duncan (26th), Paige Campbell (29th), Emily Brichacek (35th), Marnie Ponton (44th), Leanne Pompeani (45th) and Caitlin Adams (69th).
The next world cross country championships will be held in Bathurst in 2021.