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Linet Masai Aiming For XC Gold Medal

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 4, 2011

She’s come very close to a gold medal and hopes to make it happen in March.

Linet Masai has won the World 10,000m gold, but something is eluding her: the top spot at the World Cross-Country Championships. For the past several years, the star Kenyan has come close to winning, but has always fallen short. In 2008, she won the bronze medal, while in 2009 and 2010, she came home with the silver. To blame: her poor kick against rivals like Emily Chebet who out-sprinted her in Poland last year.

The 2011 championships are in March in Spain. In the meantime, Masai is preparing herself by running the Great Edinburgh Cross Country race in Scotland this weekend.

“I have to test my body. I have only run one race since November,” she said. “I ran in France and won, but the real test will be in Edinburgh. I will leave on Wednesday for Scotland.”

Masai will be taking on fellow countrywomen Vivian Cheruiyot as well as Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia. Cheruiyot is the 5,000m champion and has not made it known if she will be racing at the World Cross Country Championships this year.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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