NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- World
Cross Country Championships silver medalist Alice Aprot and Lilian Kasait will
lead the women’ s field at the Cross de Atapuerca in Spain on Nov. 12.
has ruled out competing in the indoor circuit, wants to use the event to boost
her endurance ahead of the Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Gold Coast
important to start the season strong. That will be possible if you push hard and
work on your endurance, which can only be got in cross country running. I want
to start strong and win in the first leg in Spain,” she said on Friday in
was the bronze medalist in this year’s World Cross Country Championships in
Kampala, however, has warned her colleague she will not be escorting her to a
coronation and should expect a battle for the title.
forward to winning in Spain and then see how the rest of the circuit pans out,”
champion Muktar Edris of Ethiopia has also confirmed that he will compete in the
Cross de Atapuerca.
race Aprot and Kasait will be up against Senbere Teferi and Belaynesh Oljira as
well as defending champion Bahrain’s Aweke Ayalew.
The Cross de
Atapuerca will be the first of seven IAAF Cross Country Permit meetings for the
2017-2018 season. Last year Ayalew put an end to Imane Merga’s winning streak.
five successive wins, Ethiopia’s Merga could only finish a distant third last
year as Ayalew and Uganda’s Timothy Toroitich finished almost level with one
champion was also beaten in the women’s race last year as Teferi won
convincingly in 24:48 with 2014 and 2015 winner Belaynesh Oljira down in fourth
place. Both Ethiopian women will return to Atapuerca next month.