April 14, 2024

Ebenyo chasing glory in Sirikwa debut

Ebenyo chasing glory in Sirikwa debut
Ebenyo

The World 10,000m and half marathon silver medalist is competing at the Sirikwa Classic for the first time

The world descends in Eldoret this weekend for the penultimate Gold meeting of this season’s World Cross Country Tour, the Sirikwa Classic Cross Country, set for Saturday 3 February.

Kenyan star athletes go head-to-head with several global athletes with eyes on not only the title but also the chance to represent the country in upcoming continental and global competitions.

Daniel Ebenyo is one such athlete, expected to light up the senior men’s race on his debut in the home race while chasing his second victory of the Tour.

The World 10,000m and half marathon silver medalist is competing at the Sirikwa Classic for the first time, having opened his cross-country campaign this season with a 29:16 victory at the Campaccio-International in January.  

For competition, the Kenyan leg of the global series has attracted the likes of world U20 cross country champion Ishmael Kipkurui, former world silver medalist Stanley Waithaka, Nicholas Kimeli, Ronald Kwemoi, and world half marathon champion Sabastian Sawe, all expected to give the in-form Ebenyo a run for his money.

Kipkurui placed fourth at the Elgoibar Juan Muguerza International Cross Country in January. Sawe, who finished seventh and won the senior team title at last year’s World Cross Country Championships in Bathurst, will be running his first cross-country competition since February last year.  

Kwemoi will be seeking his second World Cross Country Tour Gold label victory following his win at the Cross Internacional de Italica in Seville in November. The Seville win came two weeks after he came second in the Cross Internacional de Atapuerca, another Gold event in Spain.  

World 5km bronze medallist Kimeli will make his second appearance, hoping to improve his second-place finish in 2022. Kimeli also won team gold at the World Cross Country Championships in Bathurst.

World 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist Abraham Kibiwot is also expected to compete, while 2022 world 10,000m silver medalist Waithaka returns to the Sirikwa Classic after dropping out last year from an injury that kept him out of the World Championships.