Ethiopians have world’s attention at Bengaluru

Ethiopia’s defending champion Mosinet Geremew will return to the TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2017 with the aim of acquiring his third successive victory while the 2010 winner Wude Yimer taking command of the IAAF Bronze Label Road Race on Sunday 21 May.

The 25-year-old Geremew will arrive in Bengaluru in good form on the evidence of his 1:00:56 win over a strong field at the Yangzhou International Half Marathon in China last month but he will still have his work cut out in his bid for a hat-trick of titles as he will line up against world record-holder Leonard Komon from Kenya. Komom is among those expected to mount a strong challenge including New Zealand’s Zane Robertson and Ethiopia’s Birhanu Legese.

Robertson, an Olympic 10,000m finalist last year, clocked a world-leading PB of 27:28 when winning in Berlin last October. Berhanu has 10km personal best of 27:38 and is no stranger to Indian road races. Another Ethiopian Guye Adola and Kenyan Edwin Kiptoo are also worth keeping an eye on.

Ethiopia’s Wude Yimer, who won this race in 2010 and was placed second and third in 2015 and 2016 respectively, is among the very elites that is dominated by Kenyans. Though the women’s course record belongs to a Kenyan Lucy Kabuu, who clocked 31:48 in 2014 event organizers have given Wude the likely hood of setting new course record taking in to consideration her current performance. .

Approximately 24,000 runners will take to the roads of Bengaluru for the five different races in what has become an annual event on the third Sunday in May.