(December 14, 2009) – Three-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.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“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,Ã¢â‚¬Â the 27-year-old Ethiopian said.
Bekele took the decision after that 2008 triumph to retire from the World Cross Country Championships.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“But cross country is still one of my favourite events and it will be a challenge to try to win in Edinburgh once again,Ã¢â‚¬Â 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.