Kipyegon, Gebrselassie on VIP guest at Ethiopia Great Run

Two time Olympic Games 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon will be the VIP guest at the 2021 Great 10km Ethiopian Run International.

The November 14th event to be staged in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa will be hosting the 27-year old world 1,500m silver medalist.

The  former world 1,500m junior champion will be accompanied by former world 10,000m world record holder Haile Gebrselassie at the pre-race press conference in Addis Ababa and at a special Gala Dinner being staged on the eve of the race in Addis Ababa’s Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Kipyegon said: “For many years I have wanted to visit our neighbour Ethiopia. Haile has had such a big impact on running in both Kenya and Ethiopia and it is an honour for me to accept his invitation to this year’s race.”

She added: “1 am also very happy to support the Great Ethiopian Run which has inspired so many young athletes and is also helping people to stay active and lead a healthy lifestyle.”

Great Ethiopian Run General Manager Dagmawit Amare said that Faith’s visit will create great excitement around race weekend.

“Kipyego is one of Kenya’s greatest ever athletes with an amazing record of championship victories, well-known to athletics fans in Ethiopia. It will be a great honour for us to have her with us for the race,” said Amare.

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