GUIYANG, March 26- Kenya perennial rivals, Ethiopia, are determined to get a march on their rivals and other competitors on Saturday when the 41st IAAF World Cross Championships get underway here in Guiyang starting at 12 noon local time (+8GMT).
Their whole complement of 24 runners arrived in this lakeside Chinese city on Wednesday evening hoping to reclaim the glory days of World Cross legends, Kenenisa Bekele, Worknesh Kidane and Tirunesh Dibaba who remain the most medalled male and female athletes in the history of the now biennial event.
Kenenisa who recently pulled out of April’s London Marathon injured has collected an unmatched medal haul of 27, 16 of them gold, 12 individual and four team in his chequered period of dominance that stretched from 2001 to 2008.
Retired Worknesh is the most female runner of all time with 21, 11 golds, six silvers and four bronzes whilst Tirunesh, who’s absent on maternal duty has five golds and three silvers.
Ethiopia also leads the overall team titles count with 121 against Kenya’s 119 although the latter have bagged more team titles with 81, well ahead of their chief rival’s 42.