Kenya’s world champion Hellen Obiri will compete in Saturday’s Northern Ireland International Cross Country event in Dundonald.
The 32-year-old’s entry is a big boost for the meeting which will take place at the Billy Neill Country Park.
Obiri won the World Cross Country title when that event was last held in 2019.
She also won 5,000m gold at the past two World Championships and took silver over the distance at the Tokyo Olympics behind Dutch star Sifan Hassan.
Obiri’s performance in Tokyo matched her silver medal at the Rio Games in 2016 and her last run in the UK saw her winning the Great North Run in September.
“While the International Cross Country here has always attracted classy athletes from abroad it is particularly gratifying that we have got the services of such a star athlete as Hellen Obiri especially given the ongoing difficulties created by Covid concerning international travel,” said meeting organiser John Allen.
“With her win in the last World Cross, Hellen has shown that she has the versatility to beat the best in the world over either track or cross country.”
Star performers who have competed at the Northern Ireland event since it began in 1977 include Steve Ovett, John Treacy, Million Wolde, Ismael Kirui, Paula Radcliffe and Catherina McKiernan.