(Xinhua) -- Kenya’s world 1500m silver medalist
Timothy Cheruiyot will compete at the Antrim International Cross
Country in Northern Ireland on Saturday.
The race, which is part of the IAAF
cross country permit meeting, will help the Kenyan gauge his
endurance as he seeks to make the team to the World Indoor
Championships in Birmingham, England in March.
Cheruiyot, 22, finished second behind
compatriot Elijah Manangoi in London World Championships last
August after also taking silver at the 2016 African
Cheruiyot was third in this race last
year with Bahrain’s Aweke Ayalew triumphing in competitive
“It was a strong challenge that was
settled in the final 50 meters through a sprint finish. I missed
my steps and had it hard to beat Ayalew and second finisher
Uganda’s two-time former winner Thomas Ayeko. But this year it
will be different and hopefully, I will be able to claim the
title,” said Cheruiyot on Thursday.
Morocco’s world steeplechase medalist
Soufiane El Bakali will also run in the event on Jan 6.
Ireland’s former European cross country champion Fionnuala
McCormack is among the women’s entries and will compete against
Ethiopia’s Birtukan Adamu and another former Euro Cross winner
Gemma Steel. Andy Vernon and Dewi Griffiths head the British
Kenya’s Alice Aprot who won last
year’s race will give the event a bye as she is back in kenya
after a month training session in Europe.
Aprot is planning to compete at the
Africa Cross Country Championships in Chlef, Algeria in March.
However, like many other hopefuls, she
must return home and prove herself at the Kenyan trials in
Nairobi in February before securing her ticket to the