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Fionnuala McCormack is aiming for Greenmount treble

By Brian Hill

Published 13/01/2017

Experience: Fionnuala McCormack has won twice before at Greenmount
Experience: Fionnuala McCormack has won twice before at Greenmount

Top Dublin runner Fionnuala McCormack and Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya will be aiming for success in tomorrow's IAAF International Cross Country at Greenmount, which is part of the World Series.

The organisers have ensured that the high quality of this 40-year-old event has been maintained since the first running, which featured a certain Brendan Foster.

An in-form McCormack has serious aspirations towards achieving a hat-trick of wins in the 5.6km event following victories in 2012 and 2013. Predicted snowy weather conditions will hold no fears for the 31-year-old.

Her opposition will come from Kenya's Caroline Kipkiru, a former African champion and a World top 20 runner over 10,000m. Others include Romania's Ancuta Bobocel and Ethiopia's Birtukan Adamu.

The Northern Ireland challenge will be led by Fionnuala Ross and Gladys Ganiel.

The Men's 8km event is harder to predict, though 22-year-old Olympic steeplechase champion Kipruto will be favourite.

Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco, who was fourth in the steeplechase in Rio, Olympic 10,000m finalist Abraham Cheroben of Bahrain and France's Hassan Chahdi will be in the mix.

Scott Rankin and Ian Kirk Smith lead the NI team. The event starts at 11.30am with the internationals from 2.25pm.

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