The reigning World Cross Country Champion, Joshua Cheptegei will fight to defend his title against the two time champion Geoffrey Kamworor at the World Athletics Cross Country Championships to be held on Saturday (18) in Bathurst, Australia.
The 26 year-old led 1-2 Ugandan podium finish as his compatriot the World Half Marathon record holder, Jacob Kiplimo, overpowered Kamoror to take the silver at the 2019 edition.
The three East African greats will have to get past the torturous course that includes the tough uphill start, the Billabong, vineyard and even the fast downhill stretch to the finish.
Australia’s iconic Mount Panorama will form the backdrop of the competition’s return to Oceania, where the circuit’s demanding infield will decide who reigns supreme.
Cheptegei, Kamworor and Kiplimo will not have easy rides as they will have to get past the reigning Commonwealth Games 10,000m silver and bronze medallist, Daniel Ebenyo and Kibiwott Kandie, the reigning Kenya National Cross Country champion, Sebastian Kimaru.
Emmanuel Kiprop and Nicholas Kipkorior who finished in fourth and fifth place respectively at National Cross Country Championships, will also be on start line as they fight the more accomplished competitors who have won many titles on the local and international scenes.