New Kenyan Additions To Edinburgh Field

Vivian Cheruiyot and Linet Masai hope to bring home medals for their native Kenya next month. Photo: IAAF

Vivian Cheruiyot and Linet Masai hope to bring home medals for their native Kenya next month. Photo: IAAF

Kenya looks to be the team to beat in next month’s cross-country race.

The upcoming Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country race next month in Scotland has gotten even more competitive with the addition of two Kenyans this week: Vivian Cheruiyot and Linet Masai. Both runners won gold at the world championships in Berlin last year.

Cheruiyot is coming into the race extremely experienced on the course in Holyrood Park. She’s run there four times and has placed second twice as well as third place once.

Masai came in second in the 2008 race and won it in 2009. She is having a great cross-country season, having won two European circuit titles this year.

The race’s elite athletes’ coordinator, Peter Riley, had this to say about the talent packed field: “The field for the women’s six km race is definitely coming together with the signing of these two world class performers.”

He then hinted that more world-class entrants are going to be announced shortly. “I’m in negotiations to sign up several more big names for the race and hoping to reach agreement with managers and athletes in the next few days.”

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