14 DEC 2009 General News Three

Bekele lines-up once more for Edinburgh XC

Kenenisa Bekele caps an Ethiopian sweep in Edinburgh at the 2008 World XC Championships (AFP/Getty Images)Kenenisa Bekele caps an Ethiopian sweep in Edinburgh at the 2008 World XC Championships (AFP/Getty Images) © Copyright
times race winner Kenenisa Bekele will bid to regain the BUPA Great Edinburgh International Cross Country title next month.

The greatest-ever cross country performer, with six IAAF World Championships long and five short course victories to his credit, took little persuading to return to Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, UK on 9 January 2010 for the IAAF XC Permit race.

“It's a race I've always enjoyed because there is always a great field and of course I won my last World title there in 2008,” the 27-year-old Ethiopian said.

Bekele took the decision after that 2008 triumph to retire from the World Cross Country Championships.

“But cross country is still one of my favourite events and it will be a challenge to try to win in Edinburgh once again,” said the reigning Olympic and World 5000 metres and 10,000m track champion.

Bekele's appearance in the Scottish capital will see him fully tested in a field which will include countryman Gebre Gebremariam, the reigning World Cross Country champion.

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2005 is also returning for the nine-kilometres event.

Dave Martin – PA International for the IAAF