Belaynesh Tsegaye en route to her victory in the Vidovdan Road Race in Brcko (Organisers) © Copyright
Preview Brcko, Bosnia and Hercegovina

Kibet and Jelagat the favourites in Brcko 10km

Moses Kibet will start as favourite at the Vidovdan Road Race 10km, an IAAF Bronze Label road race, in Brcko, Bosnia and Hercegovina, on Saturday (23) evening.

The 21-year-old Kenyan will bring some strong momentum to the northern Bosnian city, competing just one week after a solid 28:26 victory at the La Corrida de Langueux 10km in France.

He'll be facing compatriot Ezra Kering, the winner of a 10km in Stadskanaal, Netherlands, in April, clocking 29:28. the 28-year-old has a 28:35 lifetime best from 2013.

The field also includes Derara Hurisa, who was fourth in the competitive Langueux race, clocking a personal best of 28:31. Another Ethiopian, 2:12 marathoner Fikre Workneh, is also in the field, along with Jaouad Chemlal or Morocco, a former steeplechase standout with a 28:43 personal best. In February the 24-year-old won the Castellon 10km in 29:43.

The favourite in the women's race is Kenyan Lillian Jelagat.

The 29-year-old has been consistent this year, clocking between 32:40 and 32:57 in three races this spring. Most recently, she was second at last weekend's Wiezoloop 10km in Wierden, Netherlands, clocking 33:50. her 31:59 personal best, set in 2013, makes her the fastest in the field.

She'll take on her 21-year-old compatriot Daisy Cherotich, who has a 33:07 best from 2017 and 1:09:44 half marathon credentials this year.

The second fastest in the field on paper is Fatna Maraoui of Italy, although the 40-year-old produced her 32:38 lifetime best more than a decade ago. She's still running well, more recently finishing fifth at the Milan Marathon in April.

Others who could factor in the battle for a top-five finish include Katsiaryna Karneyenka of Belarus, who clocked 33:19 earlier this month, and 29-year-old Zita Kacser of Hungary, who improved her lifetime best to 33:55 in Ciesyn, Poland, in April.

Both race records have proven difficult to beat. The men's standard of 28:11 was set by Kenyan Gordon Mugi in 2010, but the women's record has stood even longer. Serbian star Olivera Jevtic, a former European championships marathon silver medallist and five-time European cross country bronze medallist, clocked 32:04 back in 2008.

Bob Ramsak for the IAAF