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20 Jun

Elite Set For Birmingham

Kenenisa Bekele

Friday's Aviva 2012 Trials in Birmingham will act as an intriguing prelude to the Olympics with a host of international stars, including 5,000 and 10,000 world record holder Kenenisa Bekele, confirming their attendance. Bekele, who is also the defending 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic champion, will be joined by Commonwealth Games winner Moses Kipsiro and former world cross country champion Gebre Gebremariam.

While Bekele won't be reigniting his rivalry with Mo Farah just yet - the British runner is competing in the 1500m to focus on his speed - he still feels he will face strong competition at the Birmingham Alexander Stadium: "There are not many 10,000m races on the European circuit so I'm looking forward to an exciting battle. I'm improving with every competition this season so I will be expecting to run a very fast race."

With such a strong field all looking to lay down the gauntlet in the lead up to the Olympics, Farah will be taking the opportunity to assess his upcoming opponents: "I think it's great that some of the top Ethiopian and Ugandan athletes are going to be at the Aviva 2012 trials in Birmingham. It gives me an opportunity to see up close how they are racing and gauge their form."

The Birmingham event will see British 10,000m Olympic hopefuls aiming to hit the qualifying standard, which is set at 27:45:00. The race is scheduled for 8:55pm