Kiprono Defending Bloomsday Title

Allan Kiprono blasted the field by 18 seconds to win the 2012 Lilac Bloomsday 12K. Photo:

He is joined by two other previous champions of the 12K race.

At last year’s Lilac Bloomsday 12K in Spokane, Wash., Kenya’s Allan Kiprono had it relatively easy en route to winning the annual race by an 18-second margin.

However, this year’s race may be different, as two prior champions will line up next to  Kirpono: Simon Ndirangu and Gilbert Okari. In addition, Emmauel Bett will be racing.

Last year, Bett clocked the fasted 10,000m time in the world.

On the American side, any hopes of a Bloomsday win are in the hands of Abdi Abdirahman, who pulled out of last month’s Boston Marathon due to an illness.

Other American men who are competing include Ian Burrell, Brent Vaughn, Ben Sathre, Brian Medigovich, and Carlos Trujillo.

“On paper, the men’s race appears to be the marquee contest this year,” Elite Athlete Coordinator Jon Neill said. “With the credentials of these athletes and their performances to date, our champion might need to dip under 34 minutes to be the first man to the tape.”

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