Rono out to maintain winning form in Hannut

Rono out to maintain winning form in Hannut
Gideon Rono in past action

Rono won last Sunday’s Cinque Mulini race in San Vittore Olona, Italy, and will be only too happy to extend his winning streak

Kenya’s Gideon Rono will be aiming to notch up another victory in a World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold meeting when he lines up at the Cross Cup in Hannut, Belgium on Sunday 22 January 2023.

Rono won last Sunday’s Cinque Mulini race in San Vittore Olona, Italy, and will be only too happy to extend his winning streak. Daniel, meanwhile, won at Campaccio in San Giorgio su Legnano and followed it two days later with victory in Elgoibar. The honours list in Hannut could provide extra motivation with the likes of Conseslus Kipruto, Florence Kiplagat, Vincent Rousseau and Benita Willis as former winners.

Rono, who will turn 20 next month, is a precocious talent and won in San Vittore Olona by a comfortable six-second margin. But victory in Hannut will not come easy as he’ll face compatriot Levy Kibet, who finished third overall in last year's World Athletics Cross Country Tour.


Kibet – the 2021 world U20 5000m bronze medallist – is also still a teenager, but achieved podium finishes in all five of his international cross-country races last year.

Isaac Kimeli represents Belgium’s best hope of a podium finish on Sunday. He earned bronze at the European Cross Country Championships in Turin last month and will be keen to showcase his strength on home soil.

Yann Schrub, the Frenchman who earned a surprise bronze in the 10,000m at the European Championships in Munich last year, is another interesting entrant, along with triathlete Hayden Wilde. The New Zealander earned bronze in that discipline at the Tokyo Olympics and will venture into the long cross on Sunday. Wilde is known as one of the best runners in the triathlon circuit and is only too happy to take on a cross-country run during a lukewarm period for Olympic-distance triathletes.