World cross country champion Cheptai to participate in TCS 10K

The marathon will be held on May 21 in Bengaluru.

Irene Cheptai is the current women's world cross country champion.   -  AFP

The reigning women's world cross country champion, Irene Cheptai, men's world record holder Leonard Komon and two-time defending champion Mosinet Geremew will headline the elite field at the TCS World 10K Bengaluru, to be run here on May 21.

Komon, who set the 10km (road) world record of 26:44 back in 2010, has not hit those heights since, but the Kenyan finished 12th at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in March. Geremew, meanwhile, will seek to complete a hat-trick of titles in the city. The 25-year-old Ethiopian arrives in good form, having won the Yangzhou International Half Marathon in China last month in a time of 60:56.

Also in the fray are New Zealand's Zane Robertson, who ran the fastest 10km time in the world last year, clocking 27:28 in Berlin, and Ethiopia's Birhanu Legese, who has a personal best of 27:38.

On the women's side, Kenya's Cheptai, who won the world cross country title in Uganda in March, will be among the favourites, as also will compatriot Gladys Chesir, the fastest woman in the field with a personal best of 30:41. Also in contention will be Ethiopia's Wude Yimer, who won the TCS World 10K in 2010 and finished second and third in 2015 and 2016 respectively.