[dehai-news] (EEN) Kenya's Kipyego, Eritrea's Tadese among favorites in Edinburgh

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From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (eritrea.lave@comhem.se)
Date: Sat Jul 09 2005 - 08:20:19 EDT

Kipyego to kick on in Capital with cross country title bid
Last Updated: 13 December 2008 11:46 AM

Source: Edinburgh Evening News
BERNARD KIPYEGO will switch his road running shoes for cross country
spikes next month when he competes in Edinburgh.
The 22-year-old Kenyan winner of last May's Bupa Great Edinburgh Run is
returning to the Capital in a bid to land the even more prestigious BUPA
Great Edinburgh International Cross Country title on January 10.
Kipyego will face an enormous task inAHolyrood Park where, in the nine
kilometre-contest, he faces an awesome field headed by Eritrea's former
world champion Zersenay Tadese. Kipyego took third place behind Tadese
when he lifted his gold medal in 2007 in the heat and humidity of
Mombasa, the podium finish clearly proving his pedigree as a cross
country runner.
Andy Caine, the event's elite athletes' manager, said: "It's building up
into something very special, with Eliud Kipchoge (the Olympic 5000m
silver medallist) in the field along with (fellow Kenyan) Augustine
Choge (the Commonwealth title holder at that distance).
"Kipyego's done well on the roads this year, winning the BUPA Great
South Run in October, and he had no hesitation in accepting an invite to
return to Edinburgh. Although Tadese and Kipchoge may know the course
extremely well having been regular competitors here, I think it will be
a very open competition."
Caine is off to Brussels this weekend for the European Cross Country
Championships, where he will be attempting to attract some top stars to
the event. "It won't be easy, as in the past many have decided to race
elsewhere once they have seen the strength of the Edinburgh field - and
it is already looking formidable," he admitted.


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