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Journalists say Kenya, Ethiopia heavy favorites

Journalists say Kenya, Ethiopia heavy favorites

PIC: The Kenyan team arrived in the country on Friday. (Credit: Juliet Kasirye)

By Jacky Achan

Ethiopia and Kenyan athletes are being tipped to make an easy meal of the IAAF World Cross Country Championship this Sunday.

Journalist Jiro Mochizuki from Japan but based in France, having looked at the course, says it favours the two world powerhouses to win and to some degree Ugandan athletes too, having worked and covered most of them for many years.

Stephen Klotz, a journalist from the US, describes the Kololo course as “unique", having been to about 10 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

“If it rains it will be a perfect race: with the water and mud, some athletes will have to break a leg,” he says.

Randal Miyazaki, also a journalist from the US, says many athletes love it when it rains and the course is filled with water and mud because of the extra challenge it brings to the race.

Uganda becomes only the fourth African country to host the event. Morocco (twice), South Africa and Kenya are the other nations that have hosted the IAAF World Cross Country Championship.