Five times World Cross Country champion, Letesenbet Gidey will be the star to watch at the Agnes Tirop World Cross Country meeting which is the fifth edition of World Athletics Cross Country Gold Tour that will be held in Lobo village in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County.
The 23-year-old won four gold medals at the junior level and one at senior. Gidey had a memorable 2021 after running world records in both the women’s half-marathon and 10,000m plus claimed Olympic 10,000m bronze in Tokyo. The Ethiopian is also a world 10,000m silver medallist.
The fact that such high calibre of athlete is taking part in the Agnes Tirop Cross Country championships speaks of the volumes of how Tirop was thought of on the athletics circuit.
The organizers led by the local organizing Committee chairman Abraham Mutai and technical director Ibrahim Hussein said that they are putting on last minute touches to ensure that the race is a success.
“We are telling athletes to prepare to come to the course two days so that they know what they expect during the event so that they can tighten their shoe laces properly to avoid losing them in mud areas and water points. We want top athletes to come and understand the course of cross country very well,” said Hussein.
“Cross country events are mostly run in Europe and during this season people are running in snow where there is mud, water so we want to incorporate so that people coming to compete here are not left out. At the national championships it was the, most exciting place. Spectators really converged to that area where athletes lost shoes and that is the sweetness of a cross country,” he said.
The LOC chairman said that they are working hand in hand to ensure they that everything is at the top notch.
“We are expecting highest level of competition and we are inviting everybody to come and witness such a big race,” said Mutai.
The remaining World Athletics Gold Tour meetings will take place in Belgium on February 20, Portugal on February 27 and Spain on March 6.