Some of Kenya’s best will race through the narrow Italian streets.
World 5,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya will be on the starting line of this year’s “Boclassic.” The race, held annually in Bolzano, Italy, kicks off on New Year’s Eve. Cheruiyot also won the 5,000m at the African Championships this summer. Competing against her in the 5K race will be fellow Kenyan Priscah Jepleting, as well as German marathon ace Irina Mikitenko. Also in the mix are the world junior champion, Gedo Utura, and Aniko Kalovics of Hungary who won the 2006 race. Sonja Roman of Slovenia and Christelle Daunay of France, last year’s second and third place finishers, are also expected to take part.
In the men’s race (10K), all eyes will be on Olympic 5,000m bronze medalist Edwin Soi. Soi hopes to win his fourth title in a race made famous for its narrow course run through scenic streets. It won’t be easy for Soi who is facing stiff competition from the likes of British record-holder Mo Farah and European cross-country champion Sergey Lebid of Ukraine.
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