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Rising star Kamulu will aim to prove her quality in Dundonald

 

Striding on: Kenya’s Pauline Kamulu
Striding on: Kenya’s Pauline Kamulu
Kenya's Richard Yator

By Brian Hill

Athletics NI have announced that Kenya's Pauline Kamulu, who is the fastest female 10,000m runner in the world this year, will compete in Dundonald next month in the International Cross Country, which is part of an IAAF World Series.

This Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council event moves to the Billy Neill Playing Fields on January 19 after 10 years at Greenmount.

Pauline (23) showed this year that her world-class credentials transcend both road and track racing.

In the World Half Marathon Road Championships in Valencia in March, she secured a bronze medal in a personal best time of 66 minutes and 56 seconds in a race won by Netsanet Gudeta of Ethiopia in a world record of 66.11.

Then in July, Kamulu set a huge personal best when winning a 10,000m track race in Japan in an eye-catching time of 30 minutes and 41.85 seconds, which is some 24 seconds faster than any other female in the world this year.

Further success followed in August when she ran a 10k road time of 31.56 in South Africa, which ranks her fourth in the world.

Dundonald organisers are hoping that Kamulu's opposition will include Great Britain internationals such as Kate Avery and Charlotte Arter, who took team silver in the European Championships a few days ago.

The men's 8k race will now include Kenya's Richard Yator, who is the world's second fastest 10,000m runner this year with a time of 27 minutes and 14.70 seconds which he set in a recent race in Japan.

Yator is also the World Youth champion over 3,000m, a crown he clinched in 2015.

In Dundonald, he will be fully tested by Rio Olympics 10,000m silver medallist Paul Tanui, who also has three world bronze medals to his credit.

Nineteen-year-old Ethiopian Hawi Feysa will also join the line-up. He was a silver medallist last year in the World Junior Cross Country in Kampala.

Past international stars who have raced in Ireland's most prestigious international cross country include Mo Farah, who was sixth at Stormont in 2005.

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