Another Ismail Kirui, will history repeat itself in 2023 World cross country Championships?

The 20th edition of World cross country championships was held in Boston, USA in 1992.

 Kenya's Ismael Kirui won a Gold in 8km junior men. Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia finished second, while Josephat Machuka of Kenya closed the podium. Kenya won both individual and team titles.

As the 44th edition of World cross country championships takes centre stage in Bathurst Australia this weekend, history is about to repeat itself. Another Ismail Kirui, not related to the 1992 winner, will be representing Kenya in 8km, U20 men.

The prolific runner won the Kenya Athletics cross country trials . The 17-year-old Kirui, will team up with Reynold Kipkorir, Dennis Kipkurui, Dennis Mutuku, Daniel Kinyanjui, and Charles Rotich.

Their main rivals will be Ethiopians and Ugandans. In the last World cross country championships in Aarhus, Denmark the two team finished in first and second places respectively in team title standing . Kenyan finished third. 

Surprisingly Kenya did finished inside the podium. Milkesa Mengesha (ETH), Tadese Worku (ETH) and Oscar Chelimo (UGA) finished in top three. The first Kenyan, was Edwin Bett in seventh position.

Geoffrey Kamworor is the last Kenyan to win the junior category in 2011. The race was held in Punta Umbria, Spain. If the young Kirui live upto his name, then we are about to witnness history recurrence. 

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