A welcome spectator at Sunday's 22nd Almond Blossom Cross Country in Vilamoura, Portugal, was Wilson Kipketer, reigning world champion and world record holder in the 800m. Kipketer has just resumed gentle training after being laid low with a bout of malaria he contracted on a visit to Kenya.
He intends to remain in Portugal, where he is training alongside Burundi's Venuste Nyongabo, until March when he will be going to Monte Carlo to participate in a special coaching programme for youngsters co-sponsored by the International Athletic Foundation and Zepter. He has no immediate plans to compete indoors this season and says that he is looking forward to participating in the new IAAF Golden League series, which will start on 14 July with the Rome Golden Gala. Assuming he is back to last year's amazing form by the start of the series, Kipketer will doubtless be one of the hot favourites for the Golden League's million dollar jackpot.