Cheruiyot penned for Crescent City

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NAIROBI, Kenya, March 7- Senior women cross country champion, Vivian Cheruiyot is penned to compete at the Crescent City Classic 10k on April 23 in New Orleans where she will bid to break the world record over the distance.

Speaking to Capital FM earlier in the week, Cheruiyot who breezed to a roaring 31:02.07 debut in 10000m in Spain last Saturday expressed her desire to lower Britain’s Paula Radcliffe 30:21 all time best in women’s 10k later this month in America.

In an email to Capital Sport, her manager, Ricky Simms, disclosed, “It is not yet confirmed but we are looking at Vivian running in the Crescent City Classic 10k on 23rd April in New Orleans.”

“I’m going to prepare and try to break the world record in 10k in the USA later this month then I will focus on the Diamond League,” Cheruiyot, who also holds the World, Commonwealth and Africa titles in 5000m said on Tuesday upon her return to Spain where she made her debut in the 25-lap race an auspicious one.

Besides the record breaking attempt, Cheruiyot mooted a possible bid to double at the August 27 to September 4 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.

“I’m feeling great since it was my first time to run 10000m on the track and I feel I can also do 10000m at World Championships. Since I do not have to qualify, I will prepare for the Trials and try to make the team,” the athlete who won the women’s 5000m Diamond Trophy at last year’s 14-meet IAAF elite circuit stated.

Her effort in Spain beat the 31:45.00 ‘A’ qualifying standard in women 10000m for Daegu.

Meanwhile, reports IAAF, Paul Kirui will lead a strong Kenyan challenge at the 28th Vienna City Marathon on April 17.

Kirui, the 2004 World Half Marathon champion, will be targeting the 2:07:38 course record but will also be chased by the event’s World record holder, Haile Gebrselassie, through the streets of the Austrian capital.

Gebrselassie will be contesting the Half Marathon which will be staged as a unique chase race in which he’ll set out to catch the elite field before finishing his run. The marathoners’ head start has yet to be determined.

With a personal best of 2:06:44 Kirui is one of the fastest runners to ever run in Vienna. The 31-year-old clocked his career best time back in 2006, when he was second at the Rotterdam Marathon.

But since then Kirui’s fastest marathon each year has not been solver than 2:08:23. Additionally the average time of his 10 fastest marathons, 2:08:53.3, shows how consistent the Kenyan has been.

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