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Jeilan Continues Comeback In Dublin

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 27, 2013
  • Updated Mar. 27, 2013 at 9:26 AM UTC
Ibrahim Jelian is the man to beat in next month's Great Ireland Run. Photo: www.photorun.net

Ethiopian missed last year’s Olympics due to an injury.

He was the 10,000m world champion two years ago, but last year, Ethiopia’s Ibrahim Jeilan underwent a setback due to injury that prevented him from competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

However, Jelian is now back racing.

On April 14, Jelian will toe the line in Dublin as one of the pre-race favorites in the SPAR Great Ireland Run, an IAAF Silver-Label race. Pitted against the Ethiopian is Australia’s Collis Birmingham, who will be fresh off his eighth-place showing at the IAAF World Cross-Country Championships in Poland last weekend.

Birmingham’s run there was the best Australian showing since 1992.

The SPAR Great Ireland Run is a 10K event held in Dublin’s famed Phoenix Park.

Other elites in contention for the win include Morocco’s Abderrahim Bouramdane, a fourth-place finisher in the 2011 World Championships marathon, along with Ukraine’s Sergiy Lebid, who is a nine-time European cross-country champion.

Headlining the Irish squad is 2012 Olympic marathoner Mark Kenneally.

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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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