Stars set for Great Edinburgh Cross Country

Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country

Reigning Olympic gold medallists Asbel Kiprop and Brimin Kipruto have confirmed they will compete at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country in January.

The top notch Kenyans, who claimed the 1500 metres and 3000 metres steeplechase titles at the 2008 Beijing Games, will contest the international four kilometre race in Holyrood Park on January 8.

The pair will join a global field which already includes fellow countryman Eliud Kipchoge, a former World 5000m champion, who was runner-up over the distance at the last Olympics in the Chinese capital.

"We're delighted that we have already attracted three of the world's greatest distance runners and it supports our decision in reducing the men's international race distance from 9km to 4km." said Peter Riley, the meeting's elite event co-ordinator.

"The distance was dropped from the world cross country championships a couple of years ago, although it was always popular amongst the athletes.

"Now our initiative has seen enquiries from several other top stars keen to take part and negotiations with their managers are already in the pipeline."

The meeting, which will be broadcast live on BBC Television and is part of the IAAF World Cross Permit series, will still feature the traditional women's international 6km race.

For the first time, the schedule will include a Men's International Team Challenge, featuring Great Britain & Northern Ireland senior, under 23 and under 20 sides against the USA and a Europe Select Team over 8km.

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