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Tirop to face McCormack in Atapuerca

World Cross Champion Agnes Tirop.PHOTO/File
World Cross Champion Agnes Tirop winning the World Cross Country title.PHOTO/File

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 29 – World cross-country champion Agnes Tirop will take on two-time European cross-country champion Fionnuala McCormack November 13 at the Cross de Atapuerca, the opening leg of the 2016-2017 IAAF Cross Country Permit series.

In 2015, Tirop – then aged 19 – became the second-youngest winner of the senior women’s title at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

Prior to that, Tirop had earned bronze medals over 5000m at the 2012 and 2014 IAAF World U20 Championships as well as gold in the junior race at the 2014 African Cross Country Championships.

Now 21, the Kenyan will be making her debut at the cross-country meeting in the Spanish city of Burgos.

McCormack, meanwhile, will have experience on her side. The 32-year-old from Ireland has raced in Burgos on three previous occasions, finishing fourth in 2010, sixth in 2011 and fourth in 2012.