Kenenisa Bekele has confirmed he will make his British 10k debut at the Bupa Great Manchester Run on 18 May. Bekele's participation means he will set up a mouth-watering contest with marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang.
Bekele, who has held the world record for 10,000m on the track for the past decade, defeated Mo Farah in a thrilling encounter at the Bupa Great North Run last September. The same month, Kipsang sliced 15 seconds off Patrick Makau's WR at Berlin, covering the 26.2 miles in 2:03:23.
Peter Riley, elite athlete manager for the Bupa Great Manchester Run, commented on the show-down: “Kenenisa and Wilson have never raced against each other before, so it will be fascinating to see what happens in Manchester. 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’ll come to Manchester ready to roll again.
“Kenenisa will be running his first marathon in Paris, so it’ll be interesting to see how he runs there, but I’m sure he’ll 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.”
The pairing represents a major coup for the event, which stands as Europe's largest 10k race. For more information, visit the Bupa Great Manchester Run website.