Memorial Agnes Tirop World Cross Country Tour Will Feature Kamworor and Gidey
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The first famous names confirmed for the Memorial Agnes Tirop World Cross Country Tour, to be contested in Eldoret on February 12, are Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor and Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey. Memorial Agnes Tirop World Cross Country Tour will feature Kamworor and Gidey.
The announcement was made at the World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold event’s inauguration, with Athletics Kenya and event organizer Barnaba Korir stating that more athletes will be confirmed in the coming days.
Three-time global cross country champion Kamworor, who was present at the event’s introduction, said he is looking forward to putting his endurance and speed to the test against some of the finest cross country runners in the world.
With the 29-year-old – who won his two senior global cross country titles in 2015 and 2017 after winning the U20 title in 2011 – already confirmed for the event, Kenyan supporters can expect a tough opponent for other big names from Uganda and Ethiopia who may be added to the entry list.
The confirmation of Gidey, a two-time global U20 cross country champion who set a world half marathon record of 1:02:52 in Valencia in October, sets the stage for an incredible race next month in the women’s event.
Following the next cross country races in Kenya, which will conclude with the national championships on January 22 at the same site, several Kenyan competitors will be selected and asked to join the top fields.
The senior men’s and women’s 10km competitions, which will be contested in the afternoon in the picturesque Lobo Village in Kapseret outside Eldoret town, will be the key World Athletics Cross Country Tour races. The program for the morning session will include U20 races.
Ibrahim Hussein, the event’s technical director, revealed that the course will include hay, logs, hills, and water sprays to help make it a fun cross country race.