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Another four world stars for Cape Town road race
- Updated: April 14, 2015
Four more top international runners will line up for next month’s inaugural FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN road race.
It’s been confirmed that Kenya’s Moses Masai, Emmanuel Bett, Moses Kipsiro and Ethiopia’s Yigrem Demelash (pictured) will join Olympic track medallist Vivian Cheruiyot in the event on 17 May.
‘Until now South Africa’s top runners have had to travel abroad for this kind of depth, and we firmly believe that by giving our athletes the opportunity to race at this level at home, we will be helping to raise the standard in South Africa. The names we announce today further reinforces our stance that the 2015 field for the event, is the strongest field ever assembled for a road running event in South Africa, and will be the perfect test for South Africa’s best athletes,’ says Michael Meyer of Stillwater Sports.
Three of the athletes have clocked under 27 minutes in the 10 000m with Moses Masai the 20th fastest ever over 10 000m with a time of 26:49.20. Bett has recorded 26:51.16 and Demelash 26:57.56. Both of them ran these times in the Diamond League in Brussels in 2012, with Bett winning the race in a personal best and Demelash finishing fourth overall.
In addition Moses Kipsiro is the reigning 10 000m Commonwealth champion, and multiple world cross country medallist.
Demelash is an exciting prospect, having burst onto the athletics scene in 2011. His 28:44 for the 10km in Addis Ababa at the Great Ethiopian Run (2 300m altitude) was just a taste of what was to come.
Masai has twice dipped under 27 minutes in the 10 000m, the first time in 2007 when he clocked his personal best in Brussels at the Diamond League where he finished second. He again broke the magical mark two years later in Berlin, clocking 26:57.39.
Masai is an experienced campaigner, having won bronze in 2009 at the World Championships in the 10 000m and was fourth the year before at the Olympics Games.
Demelash and Masai will be joined by Bett, the fastest 10 000m runner in the world in 2012, with a time of 26:51. He is also considered one of the most versatile athletes, with major race victories on all surfaces.
South Africa’s star athletes Stephen Mokoka, Elroy Gelant and Lusapho April will have their hands full with the international contingent and Capetonians can expect an exciting battle on South African soil.
Picture: Global Sports Communication