Monaco Ã¢â‚¬â€œ EthiopiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s defending senior menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s champion Imane Merga can hardly wait to stand on the start line atÃ‚Â the 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, which will be held in the Polish city ofÃ‚Â BydgoszczÃ‚Â onÃ‚Â Sunday 24 March.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Training has been going very well. I feel very strong, very confident and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m very motivated to do my best to defend the title I won in Punta Umbria two years ago,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Merga.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Last summer was a disappointment. I had some slight injuries in July and lost my chance to go to the Olympics, but since November I have been steadily improving,Ã¢â‚¬Â added the 24-year-old runner.
He won at the high-quality IAAF Cross Country Permit meeting in Atapuerca, near Burgos, in Spain last November and then took the honours at the famous Boclassic road race in Bolzano, Italy, on New YearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Eve. Read more