Vivian Cheruiyot fresh from winning the Olympics 5,000m gold, shift to road race this Sunday (11) at the Great North Run in Newcastle, England.
The 33 year old Cheruiyot had announced immediately after winning gold in Rio 2016 that she would be graduating to road racing after a glittering performance in Track.
Cheruiyot won the Great South Run in Portsmouth last year with a time of 51:17. But it will be easy as she will battle it out with Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba.
Dibaba will be seeking to maintain her form, having won her third Great Manchester Run this year after previous success in 2013 and 2014.
“I dreamed of winning an Olympic gold medal and I did it, so now my eyes are set on road racing,” Cheruiyot Said after winning the Rio 5000m gold .
Jeptoo, the 2012 London Olympics silver medallist, went for Great North Run top honours in 2013 before another Kenyan Mary Keitany won back-to-back in 2014 and 2015. However, Keitany will not defend her title.
Three more Kenyans will battle it out with Cheruiyot, Priscah Jeptoo who has been ranked as the third all-time over the half marathon distance with her best of 65:45 minutes that she ran at the same Great North Run downhill course. Joyce Chepkirui, 2014 Commonwealth 10,000m champion and Filomena Chepchirchir.