Bekele and Kispang to go head-to-head at Great Manchester Run

Bekele and KipsangMultiple world record-holder Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) will clash for the first time with marathon world record-holder Wilson Kipsang on 18 May at the Great Manchester Run, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

It will be Bekele’s first ever 10km in the UK and it promises to be another classic confrontation on British roads for the 31-year-old, following the Ethiopian’s stunning return to world-beating form at the Bupa Great North Run on Tyneside last September.

It was there that he debuted the 13.1 mile half-marathon distance and claimed the prize scalp of Mo Farah, Britain’s world and Olympic 5,000 m and 10,000 m champion, in a thrilling sprint finish. Another Ethiopian all-time great of distance running, Haile Gebrselassie, finished in third place.

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