Kibiwott, Loibach and Anyango are all set for Sirikwa cross-country

World bronze medallist for the men’s 3000m steeplechase Abraham Kibiwott, the 2022 national cross country champion Grace Loibach, and Immaculate Anyango are among the latest elite athletes who have been confirmed for the third edition of the Sirikwa Classic World Cross Country Tour at Lobo Village in Eldoret.

Kibiwott will be in action in the senior men’s 10km race, where he will battle it out with the 2018 World Half Marathon silver medalist Aron Kifle of Eritrea, the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games champion Edwin Bett of Kenya and Vincent Maiyo among others.

Apart from Kifle, other foreigners who have confirmed participation include Collins Kgadima and Keaton Stansfeld of South Africa, and Peter Gidoska of Tanzania.

The 20-year-old Loibach and Anyango will be similarly in action in the senior women’s race, where they will pit their wits against others including last year’s runner-up at the Prague Half Marathon, Janet Chepngetich as well as runner-up at the Dublin Marathon, Joan Kipyatich.

Others include World Half Marathon bronze medalist Catherine Amanang’ole and Caroline Jepkorir. Registration is ongoing with the deadline set for three days before February 3 competition.
Speaking during the official launch, race director Barnaba Korir urged athletes to continue registering in numbers.

“The registration is still on so we encourage them to continue registering. We expect this year’s event to be much bigger and better than the last edition,” Korir said.

The one-day event will be held across eight categories of competition including senior men’s and women’s 10km race, under 20 men’s 8km, under 20 women’s 6km, under 18 boy’s 5km, under 18 girls’ 5km and kids athletics (boys and girls).

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