NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
London Marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot of
Kenya will use the Great North Run in Newcastle to gauge her
preparation ahead of her participation in the New York Marathon
Cheruiyot, who is
the Olympic 5,000m champion, has raced sparingly this year with
only one appearance in London in April, where she beat legend
Mary Keitany and Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba, improving her
personal best time to 2:18:31.
Now with focus on
her New York debut, the 34-year-old will be hoping to make it
two Great North Run victories in three years when she competes
in Newcastle on Sept 9.
Olympic and five-time World Championship medalist won the
world’s biggest half marathon on her debut over the distance in
2016, and finished second to winner Mary Keitany last year.
“I am looking
forward to returning to England for the Great North Run. It was
a magnificent race when I won there for the first time in 2016
and I want to be on top of that podium again next month,” said
Cheruiyot on Friday.
In the men’s race,
Mo Farah will be the athlete to beat. The Briton is also using
the race to assess his preparation ahead of his run in Chicago
Olympic gold medalist and six-time world champion has competed
in every Great North Run since 2013, finishing second in his
first outing and winning in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Last year’s fourth
win equaled Benson Masya’s record, with the Kenyan winning over
the 13.1-mile distance in 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1996. No runner
has ever won five.
“I can’t wait to go
back to Newcastle and race again...To be the best in the world
you have to beat the best and it’s going to be no different
here. I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Farah said.