Tirop faces Ethiopian three in Atapuerca
World cross country champion Agnes Tirop (pictured) has been drafted into the 2016/17 IAAF Cross Country Permit series opener, the Cross de Atapuerca on Sunday.
Jebet, who will be making her debut in the Spanish race, will face familiar competition in world silver medallist Senbere Teferi and Netsanet Gudeta (bronze), both of Ethiopia.
The Kenyan was the strongest during the 2015 world cross country championships in Guiyang, China, clocking a time of 26:01, five seconds better of Teferi with Gudeta wrapping the medal placings in 26:11.
Prior to that, Tirop, now 21, 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.
In addition to the trio, defending champion Ethiopia’s Belaynesh Oljira, will be aiming to become the first woman to win a hat-trick of titles having won in 2014 and 2015.
The thirteenth Cross Atapuerca Burgos will open the eight individual meetings to be hosted in five different countries.
During the course of the three months after Atapuerca, many of the world’s finest distance runners will take part in the IAAF Cross Country Permit series before its conclusion at the Athletics Kenya Cross Country meeting in Nairobi.
The focus of all the leading runners competing in the series will be the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda, which will celebrate its 42nd edition on 26 March.