Kenya's Cheruiyot faces Jepkosgei, Saina in quest for Great North Run in Newcastle

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Kenya's Cheruiyot faces Jepkosgei, Saina in quest for Great North Run in Newcastle

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NAIROBI, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- There will be no love lost when the world's fastest woman over the half-marathon distance Joyciline Jepkosgei locks horns with London marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot in Sunday's Great North Run in Newcastle, England.

Jepkosgei, the world record holder over the half-marathon, has been added to the field for the world's biggest half-marathon this weekend and will be the main competitor for the Olympic champion Cheruiyot in the iconic race.

"I have no injury concerns after shaking off the foot problem back in March. I hope to do well in my return to England," said Jepkosgei Thursday in Nairobi.

The Kenyan clocked 64.51 in the Prague Half Marathon last year where she also broke the world 10km, 15km and 20km records.

She went on to beat her own 10km world record time back in Prague three months later when she clocked 29.43 to become the first woman to ever run under the 30 minutes mark in the distance.

Meanwhile Stanley Biwott of Kenya has pulled out of the men's race, leaving reigning champion Mo Farah, Kenya's Daniel Wanjiru and New Zealand's Jake Robertson as the top entrants. Enditem

Source: Google News Kenya | Netizen 24 Kenya

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