Welsh Athletics are proud to announce running that the reigning World Champion and 2004 Olympic Champion in the Steeplechase- Kemboi Ezekiel (KENYA) will be running the 3000m at the Welsh Athletics International on Wednesday 18 July.
With a 7:55 Steeplechase personal best, and with no barriers to jump in Wednesday's race, the 3000m all comers record of 7:46 by Dave James from the 1980 is surely under threat!
Hopefully the crowd may even see the famous Kemboi dance post-race if he does win - see the clip HERE!
Kemboi's name is the latest in a long list of stars who confirmed their participation at the Welsh Athletics International. These include World Champion Kim Collins (St Kitts and Nevis), double Olympic medallist and World Record holder Kerron Clement (USA), World Junior Champion Jehue Gordon (Trinidad & Tobago) and a long list of British Olympians inlcuding Welshmen Brett Morse and Gareth Warburton, Lynsey Sharp and Mervyn Luckwell.
More than 30 countries confirmed participation in the biggest athletics event to take place in Cardiff since the 1958 Empire Games.
The Welsh Athletics International event is part-funded by the Welsh Government. First Minister, Carwyn Jones commented:
"This is a unique opportunity for Wales to host some of the world's top track and field athletes competing just days away from the start of the Olympic Games. For those who failed to get tickets to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, this is a chance to see world class athletes competing here in Cardiff , some of whom may well become Olympic medallists in the coming weeks "
Full Athletes List
Tickets for the event, which also includes an Under 20 international match between Wales, Welsh Schools, England and Scotland, are £5 and are available on-line HERE or on the gate on the night.