NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
A year ago, four-time Olympic and five-time world
medalist Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya announced her arrival on the
road race circuit with victory at the Great North Run in
On Sept. 10, the
33-year-old will be returning to defend her crown under immense
pressure from some of the best road runners and marathon icons.
competition has turned out to be what turns on Cheruiyot
throughout her track career and she will gladly take on any
defiance in her strides.
Among those out to
stop Cheruiyot will be women’s marathon world record holder Mary
Keitany, Britain’s Jo Pavey and compatriot Betsy Saina.
“This type of
competition brings the best out of me. I fear nobody and when we
have these people all lining up, it can only inspire you to
bring out your best performance,” she said Wednesday in Nairobi.
the win in last year’s race ahead of fellow Kenyan Priscah
Jeptoo in a thrilling finale, with three-time Olympic gold
medallist Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia settling for third
“I’m looking forward
to returning to England for this race,” said Cheruiyot. “It was
perfect to win there last year and even better if I can win two
in a row. There will be some tough competition on the day.”
But the entry of
Keitany, who is the New York marathon champion and Saina is
expected to spice up the recipe and give a prognosis of how the
trio will like to end their marathon calendar at the end of the
Saina, 29, tasted
victory on British soil when she won last October’s Great
Scottish Run half-marathon, and the distance runner, who placed
fifth in the 10,000m at last year’s Olympics in Rio, is looking
forward to her return.
“I love competing in
the UK and I’m really excited to be coming back to take on the
Great North Run. Some of the world’s best runners are going to
be racing here and I hope to be among them. I have heard great
things about this event so it is something to look forward to.”
Both Saina and
Cheruiyot left Nairobi on Wednesday for England to train and
prepare for the race. “I am happy to travel with my friend (Cheruiyot)
and race together,” said Saina.