Bloomsday announces this year's elite field

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by KREM 2 Sports

KREM.com

Posted on April 26, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 26 at 6:32 PM

SPOKANE -- The elite fields are set for this year's Bloomsday. Once again, the top racers from all over the world will converge on Spokane to compete.

The women's race is the one to watch. Lineth Chepkurui looks to become the first female to capture a fourth-straight title. She ran the world's fastest 12K ever last year by finishing in 38:10.

Chepkurui's stiffest competition is expected to come from Wude Ayalew. If she can find a way to win, she'll become the first Ethiopian -- man or woman -- to win Bloomsday.

On the men's side, last year's champion Peter Kurui will not be back. He was originally announced as a racer at Tuesday's press conference, but he's having issues with his visa. That means the race should be wide open.

Last year's runner-up Julius Kogo and Ethiopian youngster Belete Assefa are expected to lead the charge on Sunday.

In the men's wheelchair division, Jordan Bird is back to defend his title. He should be pushed by last year's runner-up, and Bloomsday veteran, Aaron Gordian. Also back in the field for the first time in years is eight-time champion Craig Blanchette.

Amanda McGrory looks to continue her dominance of the women's wheelchair race. She's going for her fifth straight championship. Two-time defending title holder Shirley Reilly is expected to push McGrory, while Anjali Forber-Pratt should compete as well.

We'll have full coverage of every race on Sunday. Stay tuned to KREM 2 News and KREM.com for all the highlights and post-race reaction.

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