Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
9 Apr 2015
1:08 pm

Cheruiyot to race in Cape Town

Wesley Botton

Kenyan star Vivian Cheruiyot will compete at the inaugural FNB OneRun 12km race in Cape Town next month, the organisers confirmed on Thursday, unveiling the first athlete in what promises to be a world-class international field.

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Cheruiyot, one of the top distance runners ever produced by the dominant East African nation, is a three-time world track champion over 5 000m and 10 000m and a former world cross country champion.

“This is a coup for us and for road running, as having someone of Vivian’s calibre racing in the inaugural event is phenomenal,” said Michael Meyer, the managing director of event promoters Stillwater Sports.

“She will spearhead the most formidable field ever assembled in South African athletics and we look forward to announcing further names over the next two weeks.”

While the rest of the international field was still to be revealed, elite local runners Rene Kalmer and Mapaseka Makhanya were confirmed in the line-up last month, with Stephen Mokoka and Elroy Gelant named in the men’s entry lists.

The OneRun race, which offers a total prize purse of R300 000, will be held on May 17.