Silas Kiplagat was a DNF and Olympic bronze medalist Thomas Longosiwa didn't start as his wife passed away the day before the race.
Merga just beat out Yasin Haji as they had identical times with steepler Jarius Birech and 5000 Olympic bronze medalist Thomas Longosiwa 3rd and 4th. Aprot beat out Asian steeple record holder Ruth Jebet by 4-seconds as Linet Masai and Mercy Cherono were 3-4.
Steepler Jarius Birech was 4th (28:58) and NZ's Zane Robertson 5th (28:59) with Olympic 5000 bronze winner Thomas Longosiwa back in 7th (29:25). World XC bronze medalist Netsanet Gudeta won the women's 5K (15:57) over Janet Kisa (16:02) and World Champs 4th placer Viola Kibiwot (16:02). *Full Results
Edris ran 28:46 to win over Edwin Soi and Thomas Longosiwa.
Farah will face world 5000 silver medalist Hagos Gebrhiwet, world indoor 3000 champ Caleb Ndiku, 12:48-man Yenew Alamirew, world 5000 bronze medalist Isiah Koech, Olympic bronze medalist Thomas Longosiwa, Edwin Soi and Albert Rop.
*MB: Farah back to dodging competition
Betsy Saina and Linet Masai in women's race. Men's is stacked with world 10,000m bronze medallist Paul Tanui, Stephen Sambu and sub-27 man Kenneth Kipkemoi, Uganda's Moses Kipsiro, Yenew Alamirew and Olympic bronze medallist Thomas Longosiwa.
He faces a competitive field in Olympic 5000 bronze medalist Thomas Longosiwa, Micah Kogo and Frankfurt Marathon champ Mark Kiptoo. Bahrain’s 9:20 World Junior steeple champ Ruth Jebet leads the women's field in her first race over 5,000. She faces 1:09 half runner Peris Jepchichir.
Heath was the surprise winner last year beating Kenenisa Bekele and Asbel Kiprop. This year Kiprop is back and is joined by Mo Farah, World XC champ Japhet Korir, Silas Kiplagat, Augustine Choge, Thomas Longosiwa and in his first race as a master, Bernard Lagat. If you're wondering when the last time Lagat ran XC, it was 2010 in a race in Tucson where he just lost to Stephen Sambu.
Abdalaati Iguider won the 3000 in 7:34.99 over Thomas Longosiwa (7:35.28) as Lawi Lalang (7:36.44), Ryan Hill (7:38.64) and Lopez Lomong (7:39.81) were 3-5. Agatha Jeruto Kimaswai won the women's 800 in 1:59.51 as Habiba Ghribi got another steeple win in 9:21.73.
Silas Kiplgat vs Will Leer and Leo Manzano in the 1500, Ayanleh Souleiman vs Adam Kszczot and Taoufik Makloufi in the 800, Tunisia’s Olympic silver medallist Habiba Ghribi in the steeple, Belarus’ 1:58.15-woman Marina Arzamasava in the 800.
*Full Entries Also a 3000 with Lawi Lalang, Imane Merga, Thomas Longosiwa and Lopez Lomong, Ryan Hill and German Fernandez.
He beat out the previous record holder Timothy Kiptoo and 2012 World Half Marathon bronze medallist John Mwangangi.
Kangogo, the African XC silver medallist, ran 28:15 to hold off Olympic 5K bronze medallist Thomas Longosiwa by three seconds. Ethiopia’s world half-marathon silver medallist Guye Adola was 3rd (28:21) and 2008 Olympic 5K bronze medallist Edwin Soi was 4th (28:42).
He'll take on a deep field that includesOlympic 5,000m bronze medallist Thomas Longosiwa, World 1500 silver medalist Silas Kiplagat and former half-marathon World champ Wilson Kiprop.