The World women’s 10,000m bronze medalist Kenya’s Agnes Tirop will renew her rivalry with perennial rival defending champion Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi in the in Netherlands on September 2nd.
Tirop has beaten Senbere twice and lost to the Ethiopian who is the 2015 World 5000m bronze medalist to the tape in all their encounters.
Their latest encounter was in India on May 27 at the TCS World 10K in Bengaluru where Tirop won to set a new course record as Senbere finished second as the first three runners home went under the former course record of 31:46 by the 2006 Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion Kenya’s Lucy Kabuu in 2014.
At the World Cross Country championships Tirop edged Senbere for the senior women’s gold to subject the Ethiopian to secure silver to emerge as the second-youngest ever World Cross gold medallist in the women’s race after three times champ South Africa’s Zola Budd in 1985.
Last year, Teferi returned 30:38 to beat Tirop who clocked 31:00 to be placed in second spot.
With a winning time 30:38, Teferi missed the course record in Tilburg set by compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba at 30:30 in 2012 but at least they ran the fourth fastest time of 2017 over this distance.
With that time, Tefere was even faster than her best times on the track; Last year, she ran in Hengele 30: 40.49, this year at the same place 30: 41.68 and also posting the second best ever time on that course.