Mike Kigen to go for hat-trick of Greenmount victories

Mike Kigen
Mike Kigen is going for a hat-trick of titles at Greenmount

Kenyan Mike Kigen will aim to secure a hat-trick of victories at the Antrim International Cross Country at Greenmount on 21 January.

The 25-year-old finished six seconds ahead of the field last year.

The field will also include last year's third-placed finisher Jacob Cheshari and Joseph Birech, the Commonwealth Games 10,000m Delhi bronze medallist.

World Junior 5000m champion David Bett and World Youth 5000m silver medallist Patrick Mutunga will also compete.

Cheshari is currently listed in the world's top 20 over 5000m.

Bernard Rotich, who is a 2 hrs 10 mins marathon runner, also takes part.

European champion Fionnuala Britton has confirmed she will race in the women's event.

The Kilcoole AC athlete faces tough opposition with European bronze medalist Gemma Steel also in the field.

The pair were in action in Edinburgh on Saturday with Britton winning by 20 seconds over second-placed Steel.

"I am sure the home support I will receive will give me a lift to compete at my best," said Britton.

She added: "I am delighted to be racing in Antrim this year against a very high class international field.

"This will be the first time I have raced cross country at home since winning gold at the European Championships in Slovenia."

Britton was fourth in Antrim in 2010 while Steel came in fifth last year.

Steel, who is coached by Commonwealth bronze medalist John Nuttell, had victories this season in the Birmingham and Bristol Half Marathons before her brilliant run in Slovenia.

European Under-23 Cross Country winner Emma Pallant is also among the competitors for the Antrim event.

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