Former double European Cross Country champion Fionnuala McCormack will now face the 2014 Greenmount winner at this weekend’s Antrim International Cross Country event at Greenmount.
The inclusion of Mimi Belete of Bahrain means that the race now includes 3 previous winners.
Mimi scored a narrow victory over team mate Maryam Jamal at Greenmount two years ago in a high quality race where Irish star Fionnuala could only manage 4th place.
27 year old Mimi is in fact better known as a 5,000 metres runner, as shown last summer by a World top 12 time of 15 minutes 54.71 seconds plus a place in the World final in Beijing.
Twice previous Greenmount winner Fionnuala McCormack will therefore be fully tested by Mimi Belete in any potential sprint finish over an inevitable energy sapping heavy course.
The opposition however, also includes recently crowned European U23 champion Louise Carton of Belgium plus last year’s defending champion Birtukan Fente Alemu of Ethiopia.
The Men’s race is also shaping up as one of the best ever with the inclusion of European Junior champion Yeman Crippa of Italy.
Last month in France the 19 year old successfully defended his 2014 title with a commanding display of front running resulting in an easy victory by 6 seconds.
Yeman won at the big Edinburg meeting a year ago and also took a bronze medal in the European Junior 5,000 metres last summer.