Bekele to race in Manchester
Kenenisa Bekele will make his British 10 kilometres road debut at the Bupa Great Manchester Run on Sunday, May 18.
Ethiopian Bekele, holder of the world record for 10,000 metres on the track for the last decade, will be looking for a repeat of the result he managed on Tyneside last September, when he outsprinted Britain's world and Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion Mo Farah over 13.1 miles at the Bupa Great North Run.
Kenyan world record holder Wilson Kipsang is also at the top of his game, having set a new world best mark at the Berlin Marathon last September. He ran the 26.2-miles distance in two hours three minutes 23 seconds - cutting 15 seconds off the record posted by countryman Patrick Makau.
"Kenenisa and Wilson have never raced against each other before, so it will be fascinating to see what happens in Manchester on May 18," Peter Riley, elite athlete manager for the Bupa Great Manchester Run, said.
"Wilson won the Bupa Great North Run in 2012 and was only outkicked by Moses Kipsiro in the Bupa Great Manchester Run a year ago, so he has top-class pedigree at the half-marathon and 10k. I've no doubt he will come to Manchester ready to roll again.
"Kenenisa will be running his first marathon in Paris, so I'll be interesting to see how he runs there, but I'm sure he will be in great shape too. It's great that we've got him running his first 10k on the roads in Britain. He's won the last two Bupa Great Ireland Run 10k races in Dublin."