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World Champions Prepare To Race In Holland

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 30, 2011
  • Updated Nov. 30, 2011 at 10:33 AM UTC
Edna Kiplagat hopes to prove herself at this weekend's JCL Montferland Run. Photo: IAAF

The Kenyan squad is well represented in this Sunday’s 15K.

Edna Kiplagat hopes to prove herself at this weekend's JCL Montferland Run. Photo: IAAF

Some of the best runners the world has ever seen are assembling in the Netherlands to take on the JCL Montferland Run 15K race this Sunday. At the top of the pre-race favorites list on the men’s side is marathon ace Abel Kirui.

Kirui is a two-time world champion in the 26.2-mile distance, proving himself yet again in Daegu this past year. But Kirui’s race on Sunday will be anything but a cakewalk. He will face off against fellow Kenyans John Mwangang and Philip Langat. Mwangang won the Paris 20K earlier this year, while Langat took first in the Singelloop 10K in Utrecht this September.

Also in the mix is 19-year-old Gideon Kipketer, who came in just a few seconds behind Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele in this year’s 4 Miles of Groningen race.

On the women’s side, all eyes are on last year’s ING New York City Marathon champion and reigning world champion, Edna Kiplagat. A slight injury prevented her from returning to the Big Apple to defend her title this year and there is a lot of speculation as to how she will race in Holland on Sunday.

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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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