Abdosh and Kiros Try To Become B.A.A. 10K’s First Champions From Ethiopia
In recent times, athletes from Kenya have dominated the headlines in Boston, winning five Boston Marathon titles in the past three years. At last year’s B.A.A. 10K, a pair from the East African country in Geoffrey Mutai and Caroline Kilel took the top spots.
But this year, on June 24, two Ethiopians could steal the spotlight at the second annual B.A.A. 10K. Ali Abdosh, 24, and Aheza Kiros, 30, may put an end to the three year supremacy of the Kenyans when they toe the line on Charles Street in less than two weeks time.
Both Abdosh and Kiros have had prior success in Boston. Abdosh defeated four Kenyans to win last year’s B.A.A. Half Marathon in 1:03:36, and placed in the top ten at this year’s B.A.A. 5K.
As for Kiros, she was the runner-up at April’s B.A.A. 5K, finishing less than ten seconds behind winner Werknesh Kidane, who also hails from Ethiopia.
At the B.A.A. 10K, keep an eye out for Kiros, who is coming off a string of stellar performances. In June, the Tigray Region native ran a season best of 32:03.85 for 10,000m at the Prefontaine Classic, then came back a week later to place second at the NYRR Mini 10-K in New York City. If not for a pair of loosely tied shoes in the Big Apple, Kiros may have caught up to the eventual winner.
Both Abdosh and Kiros are participating in the inaugural B.A.A. Distance Medley, and currently are in the top five in both the men’s and women’s standings. Kiros leads the women’s category by five seconds, while Abdosh is in fourth place among the men.
The overall male and female winners of the three-race series, determined by the lowest cumulative time for the B.A.A. 5K, B.A.A. 10K, and B.A.A. Half Marathon, will each receive $100,000.
Though Kenyans will outnumber them six to one on the starting line, Abdosh and Kiros won’t be discouraged. They will be inspired to bring glory to their country, trying to become the B.A.A. 10K’s first champions from Ethiopia.